Peacock Beetle

Elaphrus riparius


Over all length 6.5 to 7.5mm. A bright metallic green carabid with dull depressions on its elytra.


Normally found on the muddy margins of pools or amongst the marginal vegetation. Both adults and larvae feed on other invertebrates hunted for in the soft mud.

Status and distribution

Can be found throughout Britain with a tendency to be reported less often towards the West Country, Wales and Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.