Screech Beetle - Hygrobia hermanni

    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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

    UK Map