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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Predaceous Water Beetles

Family Dytiscidae Sp
 The family Dytiscidae, Predaceous Water Beetles, consists of over 200 species in South Africa.

They can be anywhere between 1-45mm in length, smooth and oval-shaped.

Adults carry a supply of air below their close-fitting elytra and both adults and larvae surface to replenish their air supply via spiracles at the tip of the abdomen.
Info: Field Guide to South African Insects

1 comment:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Odd looking little creatures. Have a good week Diane