Creeping water bugs are 9-13 mm long and light brown to brown; the body is broadly oval and somewhat flattened. The head is rounded and the front femora are enlarged. They are common in still water where they occur in emergent vegetation. They feed on small aquatic animals, and deliver a painful bite to humans.

Western water creeper, Ambrysus signoreti Adults are about 8 mm long and yellowish brown with dark markings. It ordinarily lives in pools of still water in streams and small bodies of water. They sometimes occur in outdoor swimming pools in southern California. The adults will bite ifhandled.

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