Pondweed Bug - Mesovelia furcata


    This is a small bug (about 3 mm) in a family group known as water treaders. Mesovelia furcata has a greenish colour and rather slim shape. It is usually wingless but winged forms do occur and these may fly to colonise new areas.

    Identification difficulty

    Around the margins of well vegetated ponds.

    When to see it

    Summer and early autumn.

    Life History

    The eggs (about 100) are inserted in plants. The tiny larva hatch in spring.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map