Native SpeciesGiant water bug

Belostomatidae
FOUND by gmscicada
2017-10-02
Gorham
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Katie
Peer reviewed by Eli
Field Notes
We were happy because we were outside instead of being inside all day, and because it was really nice outside. There were no problems that we ran into. We saw leaves, water, grass, trees, bugs, plants, roots, and dirt. We were surprised that we didn't find any poison ivy and were surprised we found so many rocks.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
His body shape is long, thin, and flat. He is really big so his name fits him. He is a brownish color and he has six legs.
Photo of my evidence.
Their back legs have long hairs on them to help them swim in the water. Their back legs are the longest ones because they are the ones that help them swim.
Photo of my evidence.
The back of the bug shows what gender they are. We know that this bug is a boy because it has a tail that you can see when you flip them over. If it was a girl, there would not be a tail.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Belostomatidae
Common name:
Giant water bug
Count of individuals: 
1-10
Coverage: 
Less than 1/4 covered
Reproduction: 
Eggs (animals)
How big is it?: 
5 - 10 cm
Is it male or female?: 
Male
Sampling method: 
Net
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.664268 °
Longitude: 
W -70.445542 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Freshwater - In a pond or lake
Trip Information
Name:
Ram Pond GMS
Trip date: 
Mon, 2017-10-02 08:54
Town or city: 
Gorham
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Freshwater
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
MIDAS Code: 
6942
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
20 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
People
Water temperature: 
21.1°C
pH: 
7.0
Dissolved oxygen: 
7.5mg/L

Comments

Thank you! Glad we found a water bug for you to learn about.

Hello --

It's been a while since someone's posted a giant water bug on VS -- glad to see you guys found one and documented it! What a fun find! And a very well-done observation, too.

Best,
Kansas