UK Species of Soldier Beetle

The UK has representatives of three subfamilies:

Cantharinae - The majority of our larger, colourful species

  • Cantharis (15 species)
  • Rhagonycha (7 species)
  • Podabrus (1 species)
  • Ancistronycha (1 species)

Silinae - One species, recognisable by an unusual pronotal shape and thickened antenae in males

  • Silis (1 species)

Malthininae - Smaller species with shortened wing cases, often with yellow spots at the tips

  • Malthinus (4 species)
  • Malthodes (12 species)