Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Belostomatidae (Giant Water Bugs)

There are 19 species of Giant Water Bugs in the US. This family is the largest in size in the order Hemiptera with US species ranging around 2 ½” long. These bugs are fierce predators and will prey on a variety of aquatic insects including snails, small fish, and baby turtles. They are known to play dead when approached by humans, but beware, they will give a painful bite! Here’s an article that talks about their bites: Bites Caused by Giant Water Bugs Belonging to Belostomatidae

It is the males of this family that care for the eggs; the female role is to find the male to fertilize her. She then lays the eggs on the back of the male who will protect them until they hatch.