Callicorixa praeusta


7-8mm. This species is similar to several other species of water boatman and detailed examination is necessary for a sound id. As with other species it has a gold and black wave pattern on the pronotum and elytra. Both sexes have a black 'square' at the end of the tarsus on the hind leg. The male pala has a characteristic hump along the top towards the tip.

Similar Species

Most Sigara and Callicorixa species look very similar.

Identification difficulty

In still and moving water and on bank side vegetation. It flies well and is attracted to light.

When to see it

Most commonly recorded between June and August.

UK Status

Common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map