Subject: what’s this??
Location: Grand island Ny
October 21, 2015 8:31 pm
Hiya . What kind of critter is this….hitched a ride home on the Hood of my truck. When I tried to get another angle pic it flew away.
This is a Backswimmer in the family Notonectidae, an aquatic True Bug that “often swim upside-down. When resting at the surface, body is typically tilted with the head downward” according to BugGuide which notes they are also called Water Bees or Water Wasps because they can and do bite human that encounter them in the water, sometimes in swimming pools. As you observed, Backswimmers can fly as well, which enables them to fly from pond to pond in the event they cannot find food or the water dries up. Backswimmers are aquatic predators.