|Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis|
This stunner of a beetle was wandering our yard the other day and despite its size, you couldn’t miss it. Cardinal Beetle is the common name for three british beetles. The most common is this one, pyrochroa serraticornis, distinct from the others in having a red head. It is around 20mm long and is found throughout the UK, typically from May to July. It predates other insects.
Pyrochroa coccinea is larger but less common and has a black head whilst the Scarce Cardinal beetle Schizotus pectinicornis is only found in a few sites in Wales and Scotland and is smaller and rounder, again with black head.