Subject: Crazy Gorgeous Beetle
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
July 13, 2013 5:58 am
I found this guy on my car. He was about an inch long if I remember correctly. It was spring close to summer in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Signature: A hodge
Dear A hodge,
This is an aquatic insect known as a Backswimmer. Those long hind legs propel the Backswimmer through the water like oars as it swims up-side-down. Backswimmers are also capable of flying from one body of water to another. Backswimmers can deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled or if accidentally encountered while swimming, so they are sometimes called Water Wasps. See BugGuide for more information on Backswimmers.
Wow! Thanks for the fast response! Glad I didn’t touch him! Andrea.