A medium sized water beetle of 4.5 to 7 mm length, it is all brown in colour with 5 ridges on the thorax.
Helophorus aequalis is always found near water, but less commonly in it.
All year round, but more readily recorded in summer.
The larvae live in the water and are fierce predators.
Widespread and frequent in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 106 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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