Backswimmer

Notonectidae family backswimmer, so named because they swim upside-down. They pack a bite — more of a tube-like harpoon’s jab — belying their size. These bugs go after prey bigger than themselves. Some species hunt tadpoles and fish, others other insects. I understand their bite stings like the dickens. Their hid legs are like oars on a scull.

Sometimes these are called water boatmen, but true water boatmen are of the Corixidae family and swim right-side up.

2 Responses to “Backswimmer”


  1. 1 alaspooryorick September 21, 2018 at 9:08 am

    resting safely on a sleeve,


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