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Water Scorpion

Ranatra sp.

Description:

Aquatic predatory insects. These ones were about 2.5 to 3 inches. Front legs are used to grasp prey. They feed on tadpoles, small fish, and other insects. They swim using their hind legs, and can breathe through a pair of breathing pipes extended from their tails.

Habitat:

Shallow pond.

Notes:

The red-orange bumps are aquatic mites! (Hydracarina)

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2 Comments

Shane_S
Shane_S 8 years ago

Thanks! Yeah, they're definitely mites. Apparently that's pretty common with water scorpions. I didn't even think of it.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

Your large insect is a species of Water Scorpion:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/3157/bgpag...

The little red "eggs" might be phoretic mites. They ride on other larger insects to different locations. Think bug bus!
http://bugguide.net/node/view/265645
http://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&a...

Shane_S
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Shane_S

New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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