Screech Beetle - Hygrobia hermanni


Length 8.5 to 10 mm. This distinctively marked beetle is the only British member of the Hygrobiidae (=Paelobiidae).

Identification difficulty

Adults may be found around the margin of still water, usually where the bottom is soft silt or mud.

When to see it

Mainly recorded between April and October.

UK Status

Considered to be common across southern England and the midlands becoming much rarer further north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 45 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map