Subject: please help me identify this bug
Location: near austin Texas
July 4, 2015 1:36 pm
I found this bug swimming in my pool before i was going to clean it. Whatever is on its back looks interesting and im not sure how to identify it. I saw it swimming for a while then it nestled on the bottom of the pool. When i nudged it with a small stick to see if it was still alive it was not. So i carefully took it out and captured a picture of it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Signature: From Troy Godwin
This is a male Giant Water Bug in the genus Belostoma. After mating, the female cements the eggs onto the back of the male who then guards them until they hatch. This is one of the very few examples from the insect world where the male plays any part in the care of the young. You can verify our identification by viewing this image from BugGuide.