Dytiscus circumflexus


In this species the metacoxal plates are sharply pointed. It is 30 mm or more in length and the pronotum has narrow yellow borders front and back with the sides being only a little wider. Other distinguishing features are the underside of the beetle which is straw-yellowish with wide dark edges, the metacoxae & the last sternite are dark; the eyes have no pale rim and the scutellum has a yellow centre. The scutellum is usually dark in this species.

Similar Species

Dytiscus circumcinctus.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Freshwater ponds and lakes and canals. It flies well and may also be attracted to light.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales, but seems to be rather local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

Larger water beetles - a Dutch key but with very useful photos

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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