Elaphrus riparius

Elaphrus riparius

Please click image for better resolution and you may spot his very small friend.

Quite an unusual coloured and patterned beetle. It has shiny, mirror-like, purplish eye spots on green elytra. Length 6 to 8mm.

It feeds on other small invertebrates, and is seen all year round, but it is more active during the summer months. Found near ponds and streams , marshes, in wet muddy areas in general. Because of its size and colouration it can be quite hard to spot. Common and widespread throughout England and Wales, scarcer further north.


June 2013, local pond, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.