Hygrotus versicolor


A small (3 to 3.5 mm) straw coloured water beetle with markings resembling thick, black longitudinal dashes which make it fairly distinctive.

Identification difficulty

Ponds and sometimes canals.

When to see it

Can be seen all year round but mainly from April to September. 

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain, less common further north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 58 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