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274. Backswimmers

Notonecta glauca aka Common Backswimmer


Backswimmers are predators and attack prey as large as tadpoles and small fish, and can inflict a painful “bite” on a human beings (actually I’ve experimented that bite when I was a kid). But don’t be afraid! They won’t bite you because they have afraid of humans! They will only bite if you catch them or do anything to them!
They live in still freshwater,. lakes, pools, marshes, and are sometimes found in garden ponds. They can fly well and so migrate easily to new habitat.
To me Water Insects are one of the most interesting bugs from all the world, not just because they are the most strange, but because they are not well known among people!

I also liked the way they appeared on the water. and it is green because its a reflection of the leaves!:)

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    • # Christa

      :))) Então já como garoto teve uma fascinação por insectos, e pelos vistos o amor é recíproco. Tenho aprendido umas coisas consigo, he he.

      2010.10.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Goolikhash

      wow
      very nice
      it seems you are very good in entomology,not?
      .....
      great set dear ricky
      its "زيبا" in persian.....

      2010.10.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      Looks like you were under water shooting up! Are you now scuba driving too?

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jennye

      I've always liked these insects, but never knew that they would attack tadpoles and fish! cool! thanks for the info!

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Artbee

      Very interesting bug! Thanks for the information it makes the insect even more interesting!

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Saku

      Very interesting!!!!! It seems the insect is tiny..Wonderful captures!!!!

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gregg Maretka

      nice post...yes, i used to see them in pools growing up...always tried to catch them but they were fast and didnt want to be around you.

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kate

      Great post Ricky... and fascinating info to go with them...I have learnt so much from your posts :)

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tripp

      Interesting photos and information. I enjoy watching waterbugs too..but I've never seen this one.

      2010.10.02 Edited Reply Cancel

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