Water Cricket

Velia caprai


Body length 5 - 6mm. Dark brown, marked with orange and white. Rests on water surface and is normally wingless but there is a rare fully winged form.


Ponds and slow flowing rivers. Catches insect prey that lands on the surface.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and occasional at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

All year.