Donacia vulgaris - Donacia vulgaris
Length up to 12mm with females being larger than males. This Reed Beetle has coppery elytra, with a metallic reddish or bluish central area, though the female is less colourful.
Donacia semicuprea is similar but the pronotum has a central longitudinal groove.
Around water plants such as Bulrush and Bur-reed, often low down near to the water.
May to August
The larvae are aquatic.
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 12 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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