Cardinal Beetle

Name: Cardinal Beetle

Scientific name: Pyrochroa serraticornis

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized beetle, entirely bright red but for black legs and long black toothed antennae. Found in woodland, along hedgerows and in parks and gardens. The adults are predators and can often be found on flowers or tree trunks, sunbathing during the summer.

How to identify: There are two other species of Cardinal Beetle in Britain, both of which differ by having a black head. The Black-headed Cardinal Beetle is rarer than the Red-headed, but found in similar habitats, while the Scarce Cardinal Beetle is only known from a few places in Scotland and Wales, where it lives in Birch woodland.

Where: England and Wales

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: The larvae live under tree bark, where they are predators on other insects.

Photograph credit: Penny Frith

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