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Giant water bug with eggs - Abedus - male

Giant water bug with eggs - Abedus - Male
Millard Canyon, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 24, 2008
Size: see below
I know this is Abedus or Belostoma because the male is carrying the eggs, but I'm not clear on what separates the two genera. I measured the egg mass at 28 mm across, but apparently didn't measure the bug himself. I guess about 4 cm.

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Giant water bug with eggs - Abedus - male Giant water bug with eggs - Abedus - male

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Abedus sp.
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Thanks
Is the ID just based on range? I thought I had checked before, but I see now that Belostoma is only found in the eastern 2/3 of the US according to the guide.

 
more like size actually
Abedus tends to be larger (37 mm or less) while Belostoma is usually around an inch or smaller

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