Sigara lateralis

Description

5-6.5mm, the only species of the genus to have an entirely dark posterior claw. This is one of several very similar small water bugs. It has a pattern resembling a gold coloured wave effect on the elytra. Detailed examination is needed to identify the species.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually in and around water, but flies well and may be attracted to lights

When to see it

All year round, but most likely to be encountered between April and October.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain, though less so in Scotland and in the west.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map