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Papa water bug - Belostoma - male

Papa water bug - Belostoma - Male
Atchison, Kansas, USA
August 15, 2008
Size: 1/2 inch
When I accidently caught this water bug I wasn't even sure what I had. He has since 'sloughed' the eggs...but I was EXTREMELY curious as to what the red bits are?
He was caught at Warnock Lake in NE Kansas

Interestingly, it is our understanding
that it is poppa who does the tending of the eggs!

Thank you for the correction!
Thank you for the correction! I am now finding more info due to that note that the red bits are actually some type of larva parasite that is feeding on this fellow?
Any ideas here?
Do you know the name of this fellow either? Possibly Abedus herberti? It no longer carries the red parasites and is flittering around in the tank I've got him in for observation.

More on giant waterbug here...

I know next to nothing about these, but suspect the red bits are unfertilized eggs that eventually dropped off.

Yeah, dad does the egg totin' duty.

ahh..thanx. definately NOT a
ahh..thanx. definately NOT a giant....this is a much less intimdating fellow.

Belostoma sp.
Abedus are much, much larger. The orange objects are very perplexing.

thank you Eric...I just looke
thank you Eric...I just looked that up and definately agree this isn't the larger fellow...the red possibly being larval water mites?

water mites
I'm certainly not an expert, but that's what I would have said. I've seen similar looking red mites on all kinds of aquatic insects, something like this:

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