Corixa punctata

    Description

    Normally grows to between 5 and 15 mm long and swim the right way up. The dorsal surface is not keeled on this species and the middle and back legs are more or less the same length. It is one of several similar species of lesser water boatmen that need detailed examination to be sure of species identification.

    Habitat

    Weedy ponds and slow moving water.

    When to see it

    Active all year and flies well.

    Life History

    Feeds mainly on single cell algae and plant debris.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map