Donacia vulgaris


    Length up to 12mm with females being larger than males. This Reed Beetle has coppery elytra, with a metallic reddish or bluish central area, though the female is less colourful.

    Similar Species

    Donacia semicuprea is similar but the pronotum has a central longitudinal groove.

    Identification difficulty

    Around water plants such as Bulrush and Bur-reed, often low down near to the water.

    When to see it

    May to August

    Life History

    The larvae are aquatic.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 12 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    MAP KEY:

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

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