Gelastocoridae

Pronunciation:  [Ge-last-0-COR-i·dae]

Common Name:  Toad Bugs

Description:  These predatory bugs resemble small toads – about 8 mm in length.  They are typically found in sand or mud on the moist shores of streams, marshes, and ponds.  They are brown or gray in color and usually well-camouflaged against the substrate.

gelastocorid

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Resemble small toads
  2. Bulging compound eyes
  3. Antennae concealed beneath head
  4. Mottled gray or brown in color

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera