A great diving beetle walking underwater towards the camera

Great diving beetle

Great diving beetles are one of the UK's largest beetles and they are fierce predators. As their name suggests they spend most of their lives underwater. However they can also fly and do so when travelling to colonise new freshwater habitats.

Scientific name: Dytiscus marginalis

Rank: Species

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The Great diving beetle can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Great diving beetle distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Arthropods
  4. Insects
  5. Beetles
  6. Dytiscidae
  7. Dytiscus
  8. Great diving beetle