Common Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis

This good sized beetle is distinctive and can be told apart from its close relative Pyrochroa coccinea by its red rather than black head. Not the most frequent visitor to the garden, although we’d miss it if it didn’t appear at least once or twice each year.

The adults feed on small insects and pollen apparently, although we have never witnessed the feeding. The individual below seemed to be looking for a good vantage to take off, possibly to get away from our annoying it.