Diving Beetles Insect

The Diving Beetles Insect great water beetle, Dytiscus marginalisl,  is found in European ponds and still water with plenty of vegetation. It is a voracious predator, including frogs, newts, and small fish in its diet. Length up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm).

 

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Common name: Diving beetles

Family: Dytiscidae

Suborder: Adephaga

Order: Coleoptera

Class/Subphylum: Insecta/Hexapoda

Number of Species: About 3,000 (about 475 u.s.)

Size: Adults 0.06  in (1.5 mm) to 1.8 in (4.5 cm); larvae up to 2.7 in (7 s

Key features: Adults mostly blackish or brownish with a streamlined elongate – oval shape, convex both at the top and at on the underside; hind legs flattened as paddles top and fringed with hairs; antennae quite long and threadlike; larvae long and narrow with conspicuous curved jaws

Habits: Aquatic beetles that come to the surface to breathe air; both adults and larvae actively hunt prey in daytime; most adults can fly and will migrate in order to find new habitats

Breeding: Mating takes place underwater; eggs are attached to underwater plants or laid inside them; larvae may pupate underwater or move to the shore to do so; in areas subject to drought both larvae and adults can survive dry periods by burrowing into mud

Diet: Tadpoles, adult frogs, small fish, shrimp, worms, leeches snails, and water mites; insects such as dragonfly and damselfly larvae; also cannibalistic

Habitat: Streams, roadside ditches, ponds, lakes, and pools (including those that are stagnant or temporary); also in hot water springs and salty pools on the coast

Distribution: worldwide except in the coldest or driest areas

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Diving Beetles Insect

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