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Genus Rhagovelia

Rhagovelia sp.  - Rhagovelia rivale Riffle Bugs - Rhagovelia obesa - male - female some type of water skimmer? - Rhagovelia obesa Juvenile  - Rhagovelia Small water strider - Rhagovelia obesa Rhagovelia obesa - female Veliid in NV - Rhagovelia distincta Semiaquatic bug - Rhagovelia
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 Rhagovelia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Trochopus(1)
Numbers
9 spp. in our area(2), 4 spp. in e. US(1)
Remarks
very swift gliders that might be mistaken for flies skimming just above the water. It is not unusual to find more than one species at a collecting site(1); they have the most sophisticated mesotarsal arolium of all the striders(3)
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.
3.Evolution of the Insects
David Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel. 2005.