Platambus maculatus

    Description

    7.5-8.5mm Platambus maculatus is a predaceous diving beetle usually with characteristic markings, though darker specimens are less obvious. The pale elytral margins are consistent.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 8mm
    • pale elytral margins
    Habitat

    Found in permanent streams, rivers, canals and sometimes in lakes, often amongst submerged parts of over-hanging vegetation.

    When to see it

    April to November.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 78 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map