Whirligig Beetle

Name: Whirligig Beetle

Scientific name: Gyrinus spp

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A group of 12 very similar water beetles. Shiny black, oval in shape and about 7mm long. Found on almost any body of water, from ponds and lakes to canals, ditches and slow-flowing rivers. Whirligigs live on the surface of the water, often in large groups, whizzing round and round in circles. They are predators, catching small invertebrates that fall onto the water's surface or diving underwater to catch other animals. The back two pairs of legs are modified into short, flat paddles.

How to identify: Unmistakable.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Whirligig Beetles have two pairs of compound eyes. One pair looks upwards, over the water's surface, while the other looks down, underwater.

Photograph credit: Amy Lewis

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