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Insect Week returns in 2022

Spangled water beetle

Graphoderus zonatus - (family Dytiscadae)

Like all dytiscid diving beetles, the spangled water beetle is predatory on other aquatic animals, including tadpoles, and can swim fast with its broadened hind legs and its streamlined shape. However, Graphoderus zonatus is a protected species in Britain since it is extremely rare and is now known at only one wet heathland pool in Hampshire.

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Most feared insect in the UK

Wasps and hornets, for their stings, a shame as they are useful predators of damaging insects in horticulture.

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