Cantharis fusca

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Cantharis fusca
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Cantharis
Species:
C. fusca
Binomial name
Cantharis fusca

Cantharis fusca is a species of soldier beetle and is coloured red (sometimes orange) and black. This beetle is common in large parts of Europe and is 10mm to 15mm in length. It lives in bushes, edges of forests and meadows. They hunt for small insects.

The larvae have black hairs and also eat small insects. They are very cold-resistant and can be seen crawling on the snow in winter.