Haliplus ruficollis

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map