water bug (Belostoma flumineum) with attached freshwater limpets (Laevapex fuscus)

During a field biology class we captured two water bugs (Belostoma flumineum) with freshwater limpets (Laevapex fuscus, a type of snail) attached to their backs. This is a photo of one of those B. flumineum with three limpets still attached. These observations were made in southeastern Michigan.

Additional links:

Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla) Natural History

Frog Photo Gallery

Natural History Photos

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adult Giant Water Bug

External links:

Insect Guide

Insect Photography

Three Genera of Bellostomatidae

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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