Subject: Interesting bug
Geographic location of the bug: New Windsor, New York
Time: 02:46 PM EDT
I was standing outside of my car this after noon, Nov 3, 2017, and this odd looking insect landed on the roof of my car. It looked like a class of beetle, but other than that I’m not sure. It looked like it could use it’s rear legs to sense the environment around it as it had very fine hairs, almost painbrush like in appearence as it waved them around. I manged to get some pictures of it, and I hope they help to identify this unique insect. I have never seen anything like it and I would love to know more.
How you want your letter signed: Respectfully, Jesse Trusceo
This is a Backswimmer, an aquatic predator that is also capable of flight. According to BugGuide: “hind legs modified for swimming, with long hairs.” Though they are somewhat clumsy on land, they are adroit swimmers.