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.

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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