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The Specimen

Hydrophilidae (Giant Water Scavenger Beetles) Beetle AdultHydrophilidae (Giant Water Scavenger Beetles) Beetle Adult View 2 PicturesThis is a water beetle. It is the hardest object in the world to pick up with tweezers. The second hardest is Mount Everest.
Collected January 13, 2004 from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Added to by on January 25, 2006

The Discussion

DMMNovember 19th, 2006, 12:58 am
Posts: 34Beetles can be very tricky to identify. It has been my experience that it is extremely difficult to identify many insects to the species level based on pictures alone. It may not be able to be positively identified to genus either. The family is probably correct though, except the family isn't listed here. The family should be Hydrophilidae. Hydrophiloidea is a superfamily designation. Having said that, GONZO's ID could be correct (and if he has the experience, probably is), it's just not possible for me to confirm this.
TroutnutNovember 20th, 2006, 11:03 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Hey DMM,

Thanks for all the IDs! I've shuffled all the specimens around the site now to fit your recommendations.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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