Hebrus pusillus

Range & Status

A widespread species in Europe, but largely found in southern Britain. Very local, probably increasingly scarce through habitat degradation and loss, but also probably underrecorded.

Regional Distribution

Old reports from the Lizard and West Penwith, but only recently found on Carvear Moor, St. Blaise, in 1991 and Colvannick Pond, Bodmin Moor in 2004. Probably many more sites await discovery.

Habitat & Ecology

A wetland species, occurring amongst dense wet vegetation in shallow water or at water margins, amongst Sphagnum spp. in bogs and at the margins of acid pools, in fens, ditches, and seepages on soft rock cliffs.

Threats

Drainage and infilling of wetlands.

Conservation

Protection of old wetlands is required.