Panagaeus cruxmajor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Adephaga > Carabidae > Panagaeus > Panagaeus cruxmajor

Common name: 

Crucifix Ground Beetle


Panagaeus cruxmajor
Panagaeus cruxmajor


Size: 7.4-8.8mm
Basic colour: Black, with two large transverse red spots on each elytra.
Number of spots: 2
Pronotoum: Wider than long, densely punctured with large pores only, and pubescent.
Leg colour: Black.
Confusion species: Panagaeus bipustulatus


Status: Very scarce. Widely distributed but local in England, as far north as Lincolnshire, south Wales and south Ireland.
RDB Category: Vulnerable
UKBAP Species: Yes
Habitat: Litter, well-vegetated fens and dune slacks, always near water.
Other notes: Elytra pubescent, striae moderately punctured, intervals flat.


Hammond, M. & Merritt, R. (2011). A new site for Panagaeus cruxmajor (Linnaeus) (Carabidae) in North Lincolnshire. The Coleopterist 20(1): 4.
Warrington, S. (2009). Panagaeus cruxmajor (Linnaeus) (Carabidae) at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire: a clarification. The Coleopterist 18(1): 33.

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