Ripple Bugs Insect

The Ripple Bugs Insect Velia caprai, the European water cricket, is well adapted skate across the water with its splayed-out legs and water repellent feet. Veliidae is a family of predatory insects. It feeds on small invertebrates that fall on the water and Ripple Bugs Insect possibly mosquito larvae under the water.

Ripple Bugs insect

Length: 0.2-0.3 inches (5-8 mm)

Common name: Ripple bugs(water crickets, small water striders)

Family: Veliidae

Suborder: Heteroptera

Order: Hemiptera

class/subphylum: Insecta Hexapoda

Number of species: About 420 (35 U.S.)

Size: From about 0.06 in (1.5 mm) to 0.35 in (9 mm)

Key features: Resemble water striders but in general are smaller and more heavily built, mid and hind legs splayed out for skating on water surface; legs not much longer than body; middle legs halfway between fore and hind legs; wings long, short, or absent

Habits: Found skating around on the surface of water in search of prey

Breeding: Females lay eggs among vegetation

Diet:small, drowning insects small water organisms, mosquito eggs

Habitat:All types of freshwater habitat including ponds, lakes, streams (even fast running), rivers, and canals; water trapped in plants in tropical forests, coastal saltwater pools

Distribution: worldwide, but most common in tropical America and tropical Asia.


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