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Species Nepa apiculata

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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 Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Nepoidea
Family Nepidae (Waterscorpions)
Genus Nepa
Species apiculata (Nepa apiculata)
Explanation of Names
Nepa apiculata Uhler 1862
Size
18-20 mm (sans breathing tube)(1)
Identification
Broad body is distinctive in this family in our area
Range
e NA (QC-GA to MB-KS)(2)(3)
Habitat
Ponds, slow streams, in mud or dense vegetation
Food
adults and nymphs prey on aquatic invertebrates
See Also
Belostomatidae (Giant Water Bugs) lack abdominal breathing tube, and have flattened middle and hindlegs
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.