Hesperocorixa linnaei


    7 to 8 mm. Six pale lines on the pronotum (H. sahlbergi has 7 to 9) and the pattern of light lines on a dark background extending to the posterior apex of the corium. 

    Similar Species

    Hesperocorixa sahlbergi: 7 to 9mm, the pattern of light lines on a dark background fades to a pale patch near the apex of the corium.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Please measure length and record dorsal patterning as described.  

    Recording advice

    Good quality photographs of dorsal and ventral surfaces required. 


    Occurs in a range of still-water habitats, usually with emergent vegetation and a fairly high concentration of organic matter in solution.

    When to see it

    All year.

    Life History

    Overwinters as an adult. 

    UK Status

    Widely distributed in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland due to identification difficulty. 

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