Agabus bipustulatus


This diving beetle has reddish brown antennae and front legs. Length about 10 mm.

Photo ID?

Favours still water or sluggish bays in running water. Sometimes drawn to light or to the metallic paint of cars by polarised light (as in the image below).

When to see it

The adult can be found all year round.

Life History

This is a carnivorous beetle which hunts small creatures in and on the water.

UK Status

Widespread and Very common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 322 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map