Water Stick Insect Ranatra linearis (Linnaeus, 1758)
A slow moving, aquatic predator, the Water Stick Insect is relatively common across Nottinghamshire. It frequently turns up in childrens nets during pond-dipping sessions held by schools. The Water Scorpion lies concealed in weed or leaves and waits for passing prey, taking invertebrates, small fish and tadpoles. This one was found at Wollaton Park in late July 2013.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ranatra linearis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Sorby Natural History Society. NBGRC. Meg Skinner.

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Updated January 2019

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