Hyphydrus ovatus


Length around 4.5 mm. The small oval/globular form and dark red to brown colouration are distinctive. Some have vague elytral patterning at the margins, especially in teneral specimens.

Similar Species

Hyphydrus aubei is a similar size and shape but has a much more distinctive elytral pattern.

Identification difficulty

Their normal habitat is stagnant still water and temporary ponds, drainage channels and slow moving water, rich in detritus and vegetation.

When to see it

March to October.

UK Status

A generally common species throughout England and Wales, but with far fewer records north of south Yorkshire and Lancashire.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 55 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