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Genus Belostoma

Giant Waterbug - Belostoma Water Bug - Belostoma testaceum Bug from the Pond - Belostoma Giant Water Bug - Belostoma testaceum Belostoma in salt water - Belostoma Belostoma ? - Belostoma Belostomatidae, possibly Belostoma sp. - Belostoma
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 Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Nepoidea
Family Belostomatidae (Giant Water Bugs)
Genus Belostoma
Other Common Names
Giant Water Bug, Toe Biter, Electric Light Bug
Numbers
8 spp. in NA(1)
Size
15-30 mm(2)
Identification
body football-shaped (oval with pointed ends); membrane of hemelytra large and well-developed; larger than Abedus but smaller than Lethocerus(1)(3)(2)(4)
Range
widespread(1)
Habitat
slow-moving and standing water with submerged or emergent vegetation
Season
adults present spring through fall
Food
nymphs and adults are predaceous on aquatic arthropods as well as snails, small fish, and the larvae and adults of frogs and toads
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as an adult; mating and egg laying occurs in late spring or early summer
Remarks
Females cement their eggs to the backs of males, who swim with the eggs attached, providing aeration and protection until the eggs hatch. (adult male B. flumineum carrying eggs)
Adults often hang head-downward from the water surface, breathing air through a short tube at the end of the abdomen.
Adults can inflict a painful bite if handled but usually play dead when captured.
See Also
Works Cited
1.Aquatic Insects of North America
R. W. Merritt, K. W. Cummins, M.B. Berg. 2008. Kendall/Hunt.
2.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
4.Choate P.M. () Giant water bugs, electric light bugs, Lethocerus, Abedus, Belostoma (Insecta: Hemiptera: Belostomatidae)