Ilybius subaeneus


    This family of water beetles is related to the ground beetles, but are much modified for life in water.

    Identification difficulty

    Weedy ponds and other still waters.

    When to see it

    Active in all but the coldest months.

    Life History

    Adults and larvae are fiercely carnivorous.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in much of Britain except the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 30 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map