Rufa Soldier Beetle Cantharis rufa

Rufa Soldier Beetle
Rufa Soldier Beetle
The Rufa Soldier Beetle is some 8-12mm long and common in much of Europe, including the UK.
Rufa Soldier Beetle
Rufa Soldier Beetle
Shown is the "dusky form", with darkened, dusky red wing cases. The pale form is a lighter red. Most other soldier beetles have either red or grey-black wing cases. Distinguishing features of Rufa are the dark patches behind the eye (figurata also can have) and the pale red legs.