Noterus clavicornis

    Description

    Length 3.5 to 4 mm. This species is boat shaped with elytra broadest in front of middle. The colour of the elytra is variable but usually mid to dark brown with a slightly lighter pronotum.

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    Habitat

    Usually found in ponds.

    When to see it

    All year round but most easily recorded in summer.

    Life History

    Both adults and larvae are aquatic, and are commonly found around plants. They have a habit of burrowing through pond and marsh substrate, thus the common name, and are primarily carnivorous, with some scavenging observed.

    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in England and Wales, with fewer records coming from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 140 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map