Subject: Is this a water scorpion?
Location: St Clair, N.S.W 2759
September 19, 2016 10:28 pm
Hi, my son and I are very big on insect spotting, this one popped up on our back porch and we have never seen anything like it. I have been researching for days to try figure out what he is and water scorpion is the closest I have come but we live out in the suburbs with no lakes,rivers or ponds anywhere.
Signature: Mummy and Noah
Dear Mummy and Noah,
This is indeed a Water Scorpion, and they are able to fly great distances in search of water. According to Sportsman Creek Conservation Area: “They can ambush fast swimming prey such as small fish catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed probiscus. Known as Toe-biters able to inflict a nasty nip although this specimen played dead when disturbed. Water Scorpions are also capable fliers and inhabit waterholes over much of Australia.” According to the Queensland Museum, Australian Water Scorpions are in the genus Laccotrephes.