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Toadbug nymph ? - Abedus

Toadbug nymph ? - Abedus
Sunol regional park , Alameda County, California, USA
June 6, 2010
Size: 1 cm
I was amazed at the water full of life ! I have seen the Toad bug before and searched for it on the shore but to no avail , then I saw this strange fellow in the water and it looked a lot like a Toad bug to me in form and stature ... could this be a nymph of the Toad bug ? It appears to have little wing buds ... do Toad bugs fly ? Thank you so much for any comments to further my knowledge on insect life , sincerely Beth

Definitely Belostomatidae,
and, unless there is a look-alike genus I don't know of (there could be??). It is Abedus.

Moved from Toad Bugs.

One more vote for Belostomatid
This looks to me to be a Belostomatid, probably of the genus Abedus, which I believe can be found in this region of California. This individual appears to be underwater and has nautatorial legs for swimming - a perfect description of a Belostomatid nymph, but Gelastocorids are terrestrial and only live near water, not under it.

Nymphal Gelastocorid
Not sure how to tell the nymphs apart.

Moved from ID Request.

Toad Bugs do look a lot like this, but
this is not one. They have the eyes further apart and more protruding (adding to the "toad" look). The species I'm familiar with would all be giants at 1 cm, with the adults mostly under 7 or 8 mm long, but some of the larger ones can be a centimeter or a bit more. While they usually hang out on sandy or sometimes pebbly or rocky shores of streams, lakes, etc., they often jump in the water to escape. I'm not sure if all species can fly, but I assume so; most certainly can. Most if not all species of aquatic bugs (like this one) can fly too.

Giant Water Bug Nymph, Family Belostomatidae
looks like to me. RE question - I'd assume that adult toad bugs can fly.

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