Tiny Soldier

When I first moved up to the Lake District we took a brief holiday and found ourselves in South Lakeland, where I found this lovely, bright soldier beetle. I had previously ID’ed this as a cardinal beetle, but on closer inspection I found out that was wrong as the tell-tale black top of his carapace shows. It was exceptionally hot the month we moved, and we were staying at a lodge for a short while to give us some time to sort things out, so I spent a lot of time down by the local pond watching the wildlife.