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,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Bookmark and Share

Join 672 other followers

Nature Blog Network


<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: