Sooty Mud Dweller Ilybius fuliginosus

Ilybius fuliginosus

Length 10-12 mm. A dark brown bronze predatory diving beetle with pale stripes along the margins of the elytra.

It lives in water but flies very well, and can be attracted to light. It feeds on on aquatic insects, and may be seen all year round. Common and widespread.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Diving Beetles)
Species Ilybius fuliginosus (Fabricius, 1792)

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.

Photos: Attracted to moth trap light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 27th August 2017. © Peter Hillman