Cantharis pallida Goeze, 1777
A widespread species with modern (post 1980) records throughout England and Wales, including the Isle of Wight, anglesey and Man, and Scotland north to Argyll and Fife. Further north there are western coastal records to Ullapool and a few records scattered through the Grampians north to Elgin (NBN). This is a wetland species (Alexander) generally occurring among vegetation in open marshy situations. Locally we have recorded this species from suitable habitats along the river Gade and at Sarratt Bottom alongside the river Chess. Adults occur from late May to early August (Alexander)

7.5-10mm. Apex of posterior femora, apical tarsal segments (variously), apex of distal antennal segments and entire terminal segment, and front edge of terminal segment of maxillary palps black, otherwise entire upper surface testaceous. Head finely and sparsely punctate and pubescent, somewhat dull due to microsculpture which is most obvious on vertex, clypeus distinctly raised between antennal insertions. Pronotum weakly transverse (L19:W23), surface shining with very weak puncturation and sparse pubescence. Lateral margins explanate, front and hind margins raised, fron and hind angles rounded. Surface of elytra granulate, with dense, pale and semi-erect pubescence which is of more or less uniform size ie without any longer pubescence (cf C.cryptica) Third segment of meso and meta tarsi bilobed, anterior claw of each pair toothed at base.

Description from 2 Watford specimens at X10

For a separation of C.cryptica and C.pallida please see ID Aids.

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