Can you guess?
Location:  Queensland, Australia
September 22, 2010 6:23 pm
Hi guys,
I took this shot this morning just outside my back door. There were several of these flying and hopping around. I know what it is but am seeing if you can guess. Only clue is, it’s not where you would expect to see one.
Signature:  aussietrev

Backswimmer???

Hi Trevor,
We are guessing that this is a Backswimmer in the family Notonectidae.  These aquatic insects can fly and they are attracted to lights.  Here is a BugGuide image.

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One Response to We're guessing a Backswimmer from Australia

  1. aussietrev says:

    No fooling the bugman, spot on, a boatman. There were about half a dozen flying and hopping around near my back door. There had been a large puddle there with all the rain we had and I think perhaps they hatched a bit too late. I caught all the ones I could and put them in the bird bath as they just kept flying into the wall and bouncing off.

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