Donacia vulgaris

Description

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
Habitat

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Chrysomelidae
Records on NatureSpot:
10
First record:
25/06/2010 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
14/06/2022 (Sexton, Timothy)

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