Elaphrus cupreus


Length 8 or 9 mm. Bronze with conspicuous purple ocellate depressions on the elytra. Antennae are black, tibiae are brown and the rest of the legs are black but often with metallic, usually bluish, reflections. The head is wider than the quadrate pronotum.

Similar Species

E. riparius is similar though a little smaller and more olive green.

Identification difficulty

Marshland and on bare mud at the side of fresh water.

When to see it

All year round, but most easily seen in hot weather.

UK Status

Quite common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 180 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