Water Scorpion Nepa cinerea (Linnaeus, 1758)
A large, slow moving and aggressive predator, the Water Scorpion is relatively common throughout Nottinghamshire. It frequently turns up in childrens nets during pond-dipping sessions held by schools. The Water Scorpion lies concealed in weed or leaves on the base of the pond and waits for passing prey, taking other invertebrates, small fish and tadpoles.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nepa cinerea
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Bob Merritt. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sorby Natural History Society. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). Jim Flanagan.

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Updated January 2024

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