Hydrobius fuscipes


Length 6 to 8 mm with black elytra that are finely punctate. The legs are mainly orangey brown.

Identification difficulty

Usually found in ponds and small pools with bank side vegetation.

When to see it

All year round, but peaking July to September.

Life History

The larvae usually appear in May or June and feed on small insects in the water. The adults feed on submerged detritus.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 257 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