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Water Scorpions

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This common name refers to only one family.

True Bug Family Nepidae

These are pretty much always called Water Scorpions.
Ranatra Water Scorpion AdultRanatra  Water Scorpion Adult View 7 PicturesHere's a big water scorpion (no relation to actual scorpions). These guys are just about the most sinister-looking creatures you could find, and what's especially creepy is that they can come up out of the water and fly around, as I learned when one left my aquarium and buzzed my head while I was peeking into the microscope at a mayfly nymph.
Collected March 10, 2004 from in
Added to by on January 25, 2006
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