Reed Beetle

Donacia simplex

Description

Over all length 7 - 8mm. There are several very similar species so care must be taken when identifying them. The pronotum and elytra are metallic, coppery and the elytra heavily punctured.

Habitat

Waterside vegetation, especially bur-reeds. The adults feed on the leaves, the larvae are aquatic and feed on roots below the water.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in the south and east, less so further north and west. Uncommon in Scotland. Common and widespread in Nottinghamshire. Common at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to November.