Lesser Water Boatman

Name: Lesser Water Boatman

Scientific name: Corixa punctata

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

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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.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 30

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

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