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Family Ochteridae - Velvety Shore Bugs

Ochterus nymph, dorsal - Ochterus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus americanus master of camouflage - Ochterus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus americanus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus americanus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus Water Bug. - Ochterus Ochterus americanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Ochteroidea
Family Ochteridae (Velvety Shore Bugs)
small family, with 6 spp. in a single genus in our area(1) and ~70 spp. in 3 genera total(2)
4-5 mm(1)
forelegs nonraptorial(2); can jump(3)
much of the US(1)
damp areas along ponds/lakes/streams(2)
small invertebrates(2)
See Also
Saldidae are similar in shape, coloration, ability to jump, and habitat preferences
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
3.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.