What Do Water Bugs Look Like?

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The name "water bug" can refer to a variety of insects, but the giant water bug can reach 65 millimeters in the U.S. and 100 millimeters in the tropics. Find out about these elongated, flattened insects with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been an entomologist for 20 years and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, talking about what do water bugs look like? Water bugs' name can apply to a variety of insects but to entomologists, a water bugs is a group of insects known as the giant water bugs and they can reach up to 65 millimeters in the US and 100 millimeters in length in the tropics. They're elongated flattened insects. The flattened aspect facilitates their swimming through water where they're predators and they have pinchers on the front legs. They're referred to as raptorial forelegs and they have a stout beak referred to as a piercing, sucking mouth part and they will stab their prey and they'll take fish and other insects and can even bite a toe or two at a time. So those are some of the aspects of what a water bug looks like.

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