Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events

Resaca Pygmy-backswimmer - Paraplea

Resaca Pygmy-backswimmer - Paraplea
World Birding Center at Resaca de la Palma State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
December 6, 2008
I was assigned to run an aquatic ecology station during Resaca's grand opening, so had a bunch of pre-collected inverts, a couple of microscopes and other aids for viewing them, and a few relevant books. A few of these critters turned up when I slurped some aquatic plants and algae out of the resaca to study on deck C, where we were stationed. I "digiscoped" the photos using my Canon Elph and one of the microscopes. I recognized the critters because of one time at Duke, where I TA'd a biodiversity course, when Carolina Biological sent us a sample of some other freshwater critter species which was heavily contaminated by some sort of Pleid.

Images of this individual: tag all
Resaca Pygmy-backswimmer - Paraplea Resaca Pygmy-backswimmer, side view - Paraplea

Moved from Pygmy Backswimmers.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.