Haliplus ruficollis


A small (3 to 5mm) yellowish-brown water beetle.

Identification difficulty

Usually found in ponds or other still or very slow moving water. 

When to see it

Can be seen all year round but mainly from March to October. It has been known to be attracted to light.

Life History

The Haliplidae are a family of water beetles who swim using an alternating motion of the legs. They are therefore clumsy in water (compared e.g. with the Dytiscidae or Hydrophilidae), and prefer to get around by crawling. Larvae feed on algae and duckweeds, and consequently have specialised mouthparts which distinguish them from the carnivorous larvae of other groups.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 140 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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