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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Belastomatidae

Predaceous Diving Bugs


Key Characters:

  • Body elongate-oval in shape
  • Front legs raptorial and bearing a single claw

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Referred to as the giant water bug or the diving bug, these are the largest in their family.  There can be a slight color variation but most of the time they are brown and oval shaped.  The front legs on the giant water bug are raptorial, have a single large claw and work well for grasping or grabbing prey.  Often times, the legs are covered with spines that are used as a defense mechanism as well as a way of stunning their prey.  The diving bug can be found in ponds or lakes, hunting down snails and fish.