Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Common Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)

Adult Common Cardinal Beetle (subspecies P. s. serraticornis) at Geddington, Northants - May 2011

OTHER NAMES: Red-headed Cardinal Beetle
Featured Subspecies: Pyrochroa serraticornis serraticornis
Length: 10-18mm 
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Common Cardinal Beetle is a pretty common beetle species found throughout much of the UK - normally present around the edge of woodlands they are highly tied to trees for their habitat inhabiting both live and dead wood.  There are three Cardinal Beetles found in the UK, but the Common is, as one would expect from the name, the most common of the three.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Pyrochroidae
Genus: Pyrochroa
SUBSPECIES: P. s. kiesenwetteri, P. s. serraticornis

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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