Water boatmen

I hese swimming bugs rest under the water surface or cling to plants. I Isually dark red- or yellow-brown, their short front legs form a food scoop; the slim middle legs grip plants; and the oarlike hind pair arc used for swimming.

• LITE CYCLE These attract mates by rubbing body parts together. Eggs arc glued to submerged objects and plants.

• Occurrence Worldwide, in pools, ponds, lakes, and slow streams.

V Caujcorixa wouaston i is probably predacious and in some areas is found in peaty upland pools.

hindlegs adapted for swimming •

A CornxA punctata is adapted for swimming, like its relatives, but will also fly readily.

hindlegs adapted for swimming •

A CornxA punctata is adapted for swimming, like its relatives, but will also fly readily.

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