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Predacious diving beetle (larvae)

Family Dytiscidae

Description:

This creature has gray plates and possibly six legs but no promises. It has large thin pincers in the front and possibly a stinger off its tail which it undulates to get through the water. They also bite each other.

Habitat:

Small Pond


1 species ID suggestions

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 2 years ago
Predacious diving beetle (larvae)
Family Dytiscidae Family Dytiscidae - Predaceous Diving Beetles - BugGuide.Net

4 Comments

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 2 years ago

These are diving beetle larvae. I can't even begin to guess which species, but I rear a species at work and their larvae look a lot like these. It appears as though you've got one eating another in both of your shots. That happens in close quarters, and that's the main reason I rear the larvae in separate containers! Great spotting.

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 2 years ago

Those might be dragonfly nymphs: http://www.dragonfly-site.com/dragonfly-...

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

look like some sort of shrimp to me...neat spotting

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 2 years ago

Weird! Maybe they are young crayfish?

Tri-City, Oregon, USA

Lat: 42.99, Long: -123.31

Spotted on May 7, 2012
Submitted on May 9, 2012

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