Microcara testacea

    Description

    4-5.5mm yellow-brown usually with darker markings on the centre of the pronotum, which has a roughly half-moon shape but with rounded hind angles. It is finely pubescent. The antennae has 11 segments with the three basal segments paler than the remainder, the first and third segments about equal in length and longer than the small second segment. The scutellum is large and triangular with more finely punctures than the surrounding elytra.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Damp areas and near to small water bodies especially in well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    Larvae develop in stagnant ponds, mostly in wooded areas. They feed on algae and decaying vegetable matter.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map