Agabus guttatus


Length 8 or 9 mm. A dark brown/black diving beetle usually with pale spots on the elytra. Similar (but usually smaller) spots occur in other species. The elytra are covered in a fine mesh-like reticulated micro-sculpture. A row of fine punctures runs alongside each side of the elytral suture.

Identification difficulty

Small water courses such as wet ditches and streams.

When to see it

All year peaking April to October.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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