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Discussion of 2018 gathering

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

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Infraorder Nepomorpha - Aquatic Bugs

Water Boatman P. femoratus? - Pelocoris femoratus ID help - Ranatra buenoi Giant Water Bug - Abedus herberti - male Giant Water Bug - Lethocerus medius Backswimmer - Notonecta Backswimmer - Notonecta uhleri Unknown - Nerthra fuscipes Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
ca. 230 spp. in 36 genera of 8 families in our area, >2,300 spp. in 140 genera of 11 families worldwide(1)
antennae very short and concealed under the eyes; forelegs are raptorial in most families, other legs are modified for swimming (except in the riparian Ochteroidea)(1)
aquatic, except for the riparian Ochteroidea(1)
predators, except for some Corixidae that feed on algae(1)
most come to lights
Print References
Works Cited
1.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
2.Encyclopedia of South American aquatic insects: Hemiptera-Heteroptera: illustrated keys to known families, genera, and species
Heckman C.W. 2011. Springer. ix+679 pp.
3.Aquatic Insects of California
Robert L. Usinger, Editor. 1956. University of California Press.