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True Bug Family Notonectidae (Backswimmers)

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Backswimmers are often important to trout, especially in ponds. They're one of the insects which usually doesn't factor into a fly angler's decisions at all, but it pays to be aware of them because in just-so situations the trout eat nothing else.

Be careful handling them--they have a painful bite.

Egg-Laying Behavior

The adults breathe air. Normally they rest upside down at the water's surface with part of their abdomen sticking up just out of the water to breathe, but they can dive for extended periods carrying an air bubble with them. They are able to leave the water and fly around.

Nymph Biology

Diet: Other insects, including other backswimmers

Backswimmer nymphs are fierce predators upon other aquatic insects.

Pictures of 2 Backswimmer Specimens:

Notonectidae (Backswimmers) Backswimmer AdultNotonectidae (Backswimmers) True Bug Adult View 4 Pictures
Collected May 18, 2004 from unknown in Wisconsin
Added to by Troutnut on January 25, 2006
Notonectidae (Backswimmers) Backswimmer AdultNotonectidae (Backswimmers) True Bug Adult View 1 PicturesNotonectdiae adults can leave the water and fly off whenever they wish. This specimen was caught when it landed on my car. These adults are one of the few aquatic insects that can protect itself with a strong beak.
Collected June 6, 2011 from the Touchet River in Washington
Added to by Bnewell on June 26, 2011

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