Cymatia coleoptrata

    Description

    One of the few Corixidae that can usually be identified from an image. It is usually brownish in colour with large eyes and a yellow ‘face’. It is the only corixid with dark longitudinal lines. Oval in shape and has two hind legs that are oar-shaped to help it swim.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Stillwater ponds and lakes.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map