Water scorpion - Nepa cinerea
The water scorpion is a large, brown, leaf shaped predacious water bug. The long tail acts as a breathing tube to penetrate the water surface, exactly like a snorkel.
Clean well-vegetated ponds and other still or gently flowing water.
Feeds on Insects, tadpoles and small fish. It conceals itself in weed and grabs passing prey with its pincer-like front legs. The female lays eggs in the stems of plants under water.
Widely distributed in Britain, but commoner in the south.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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