Water Cricket - Velia caprai


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.

Photo ID?

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

UK Map