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.
Spends much of its time hiding in dense vegetation in muddy pond shallows.
All year round.
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.
Widespread and fairly common throughout England and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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