Corixa punctata

Description

12-15 mm. There are 15-20 lines on the pronotum. The dorsal surface is not keeled on this species and the middle and back legs are more or less the same length.

Similar Species

Corixa dentipes is a similar size and very similar, but is distinguished from other Corixa species by the indentation or notch in the tibia of the middle leg, where it joins the femur. The claw of the middle leg is shorter than the tarsus.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

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.

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