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.
Length: 0.2-0.3 inches (5-8 mm)
Common name: Ripple bugs(water crickets, small water striders)
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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