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.
Still and slow moving water, streams and ponds.
September through to May.
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.
Common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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