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Pronunciation:  [Naw·COR·i·dae]

Common Name:  Creeping water bugs

Description:  These predatory bugs are typically found among the tangle of underwater vegetation in ponds, streams and small lakes.  A supply of air is carried under the wings.   The stout, triangular femur and curved, blade-like tibia are distinctive characteristics of this family.


Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Oval body with dorsal surface smooth and rounded
  2. Raptorial front legs; femora large and nearly triangular
  3. Front wing membrane lacks veins
  4. Front tibia curved and blade-like

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera