Name: Lesser Water Boatman
Scientific name: Corixa punctata
Nature Stars: 30
About: It is one of a number of water boatmen species in the UK and is common and widespread in weedy ponds, lakes and ditches.
How to identify: Dark brown with yellow stripes which are close together. It has powerful oar-like, hairy hind legs which it uses as paddles as it swims. Its body is the shape of a boat, hence it's name. It can be very difficult to tell the different species of Water Boatman apart from each other.
Where: Common and widespread.
Fantastic fact: Lesser Water Boatmen need to breathe at the water's surface, but they have developed a clever trick to allow them to remain under water for longer: they hang upside-down, collecting air from the water’s surface and then carry it around as a bubble on their body.
Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey