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Water Scorpion

Ranatra sp.

Description:

Body was 24-28 mm., not including forelegs.

Habitat:

Shallow, still water in a lush wetland. Fourth photo shows the habitat where this was collected (specimen was returned after the photographs were taken).

Notes:

Based upon the location, this is probably Ranatra fusca, http://bugguide.net/node/view/14962 This animal was found in a wetland area near Winfield, West Virginia. It is privately-owned land, but it is managed by the local power company as a wetland reserve for educational purposes.

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West Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.52, Long: -81.85

Spotted on Jun 28, 2008
Submitted on Dec 13, 2013

Reference

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