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This soldier beetle has black elytra covered in fine hairs, with the tip of abdomen protruding below elytra. The pronotum is brown red with a dark mark in the center - the position of this mark differentiating it from another common soldier beetle of same colours, C. fusca. Moreover, femurs are red-brown too; while legs are all black at C. fusca.
Native to Europe, it is usually found on uncleared edges of roads or agricultural fields. Here, observed on edges of forest, in a protected area, at the basis of Jura range, in Geneva lake valley, French side.