Saucer Bug

Name: Saucer Bug

Scientific name: Ilyocoris cimicoides

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: An active underwater predator which spends its time around the bottom of weedy, muddy ponds hunting including invertebrates, tadpoles and small fish. Adults are about 1.5cm long, oval with large eyes and a pair of sharp pincer-like legs at the front.

How to identify: Told from water beetles by the overlapping wings and the piercing mouthparts, not biting jaws.

Where: England and Wales.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 80
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 20
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: If handled, the saucer bug can give a painful 'bite', stabbing rough the skin with its sharp beak.

Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey

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