Found and photographed at the watery end of Kestrel Field in the foliage at the edge of the wood.

Three species of beetle, in Britain, go by the name of cardinal beetle; there is the black headed cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa  coccinea), the scarce cardinal beetle  (Schizotus pectinicornis) and this one above, the red headed  or common cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis.)

 

 

The red-headed cardinal is a predator; it lies in wait for small flying insects, sometimes for hours, in the upper layers of the tall vegetation at the edge of water.

 

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Header photograph: SMH; others: Google Images

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