Helophorus aequalis

    Description

    A medium sized water beetle of 4.5 to 7 mm length, it is all brown in colour with 5 ridges on the thorax.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Helophorus aequalis is always found near water, but less commonly in it.

    When to see it

    All year round, but more readily recorded in summer.

    Life History

    The larvae live in the water and are fierce predators.

    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 106 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map