Contacyphon laevipennis


A small (3 to 4 mm) light brown beetle.

Identification difficulty

Around ponds and wet areas, sometimes associated with Common Reed (Phragmites australis) but also found where this plant is not present.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Larvae are aquatic.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in suitable areas of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 47 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