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Cardinal beetle Came across this beetle in the Vikinghof in my hometown the Netherlands. Cardinal beetle,Geotagged,Netherlands,Pyrochroa coccinea,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Cardinal beetle

Came across this beetle in the Vikinghof in my hometown the Netherlands.

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  1. Paul as alwise brilliant. Posted 14 days ago
  2. Poor thing has so many mites! Posted 13 days ago
    1. I've seen them Christine, but that's your expertise right ? Posted 13 days ago
      1. My degree is in Medical Entomology...I studied mites a bit, but my main area of study dealt with mosquitoes and ticks, in addition to other insects that are vectors of human disease. All the nasty, little beasties ;). Posted 13 days ago
        1. Okay, thanks for your explanation, keep up the good work. Posted 12 days ago

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The name cardinal beetle typically refers to three different species of beetles. The red-headed or 'common' cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) is a red to orange beetle with, as the name suggests, a red head. It is about 20 millimetres (0.79 in) long, and is found throughout Britain. The rarer black-headed cardinal beetle (P. coccinea), similarly found at sites across Britain, is larger and a deeper blood red.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Paul Dirksen
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Uploaded May 21, 2020. Captured May 13, 2019 10:45 in Vikinghof., Melkwegse Tiendweg 1, 3962 EX Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/13.0
  • 1/664s
  • ISO640
  • 400mm