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Species Microvelia pulchella

Broad-shouldered Water Strider - Microvelia pulchella Two more - Microvelia pulchella - male small water strider - Microvelia pulchella Microvelia pulchella - male - female Aquatic bug - Microvelia pulchella Smaller Water Strider IMG_0317 - Microvelia pulchella - male - female Smaller Water Strider IMG_0317 - Microvelia pulchella - female Smaller Water Strider IMG_0317 - Microvelia pulchella - female
Classification
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 Gerromorpha (Semiaquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Gerroidea
Family Veliidae (Smaller Water Striders)
Genus Microvelia
No Taxon (subgenus Microvelia)
Species pulchella (Microvelia pulchella)
Explanation of Names
Microvelia pulchella Westwood 1834
Size
1.3-2.3 mm(1)
Range
Much of NA (NF-AK to FL-CA)
Habitat
Ponds with duckweed(2)
Print References
Westwood, J. O. 1834. Memoire sur les genres Xijlocoris, Hylophila, Microplujsa, Leptopus, Velia, Microvelia et Hebrus, avec quelques observations sur les Amphibicorisae de M. Dufour et sur I'etat imparfait, mais identique de certaines especes. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Fr. (1)3:637-653
Works Cited
1.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.