Water Cricket - Velia caprai

    Description

    Length: 6.2 - 8.5mm. May be winged or wingless, the underside is orange. It has a stouter body than either the Water Scorpion or the Water Measurer.

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    Habitat

    Still and slow moving water, streams and ponds.

    When to see it

    September through to May.

    Life History

    The eggs are laid in long rows on floating plants and are found in May and June, nymphs from June to August. Adults feed on various small insects that have died and fallen into the water. Five larval stages, and two or three generations a year have been observed.

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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