Notonecta maculata (Fabricius, 1794) 
One of four species of Notonecta in the UK, all four of which are found in Nottinghamshire. They are characteristically large, backswimming Water Boatmen and their known distribution in the county is largely due to the recording efforts of Bob Merritt. Notonecta maculata is one of the two less common species, being known from just six Nottinghamshire sites in recent years and is usually found at ponds with little vegetation. The one illustrated below, was found at Budby South Forest in late August 2020.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Notonecta viridis 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Bob Merritt.

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Updated August 2020

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