Definition of cardinal beetle in US English:

cardinal beetle


  • A mainly bright red beetle with feathery or comblike antennae, typically living under loose bark.

    Family Pyrochroidae: several genera

    • ‘Adult red-headed cardinal beetles are seen from May to July, occasionally on flowers but often on vegetation and tree bark in sunny weather.’
    • ‘To protect her eggs from being stolen, the female cardinal beetle endows them with the ‘sex poison’ Cantharidin, from which researchers hope that maybe a cure for cancerous tumours could be developed.’
    • ‘We didn't see very many insects, but there was one splendid cardinal beetle.’
    • ‘Well, it does kinda look like some cardinal beetles and Purpuricenus but I haven't found an exact match online yet.’
    • ‘Over 70 percent of our 4000 beetles are harmless, including fascinating water beetles, brilliant red cardinal beetles and explosive bombadier beetles.’
    • ‘Invertebrates are well represented, with plentiful dragonflies and damselflies and the cardinal beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis and uncommon oil beetle Meloe proscarabaeus have been recorded.’
    • ‘The cardinal beetle is just one of over 48 species of beetle known to live on this site.’
    • ‘Many beetle species require this type of habitat for the adult stages while the larval stages are spent in other woodland habitats such as rotting wood, e.g. chafers, longhorns and cardinal beetles.’
    • ‘Other exciting insects encountered at the moth traps included the largest UK crane fly, the black headed cardinal beetle which is classified as ‘Nationally Scarce’ (although it seems reasonably common in Berkshire).’
    • ‘Rather scarce, the cardinal beetles can sometimes be seen at the edge of woodland, as was the case here.’
    • ‘Then we return to Lady Spring Wood, home to the cardinal beetle.’
    • ‘This is one of the rarer cardinal beetles.’
    • ‘There are also several types of bees and wasps, including wood wasps, and a number of interesting beetles such as the soldier beetle, the bloody-nosed beetle and the cardinal beetle.’
    • ‘They are similar in appearance to cardinal beetles, however, they have a much more rounded body, and the wing cases are covered in tiny dimples.’
    • ‘This distinctively-coloured cardinal beetle has a somewhat flattened shape and comb-like antennae.’
    • ‘The brilliant reflective scarlet of the Commons’ two species of cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa coccinea and P. serraticornis) render them instantly noticeable, whether they are visiting flowers, sitting on foliage or in flight.’
    • ‘Summer brings sudden sights of the bright red cardinal beetles and banded demoiselles throng the riverbank.’
    • ‘There is a scarcer relative, the black-headed cardinal beetle.’