Platambus maculatus


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

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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map