Subject: Trying to identify bug in pool
November 22, 2014 10:00 am
Can you help identify what this is please ?
I found it swimming in our pool after a few days of heavy rains.
These aquatic true bugs are Backswimmers in the family Notonectidae. According to BugGuide they are: “Aquatic bugs that often swim upside-down. When resting at the surface, body is typically tilted with the head downward” and they “Prey on other aquatic insects and sometimes on small vertebrates.” Backswimmers can fly, which enables them to seek a new home if their pond dries out. We don’t know what would have caused them to relocate to your pool after the rains.