Saucer Bug - Ilyocoris cimicoides


Size: 15 mm. The Saucer Bug has a flat, oval shaped body with a dark back and silvery underside created by the air bubble held there while underwater. It also has a distinctive pair of horn like front legs.

Identification difficulty

Spends much of its time hiding in dense vegetation in muddy pond shallows.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

A very able predator, feasting on all manner of insects which cross its path. Its fearsome looking front legs are like a powerful and razor sharp claw.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common throughout England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map