Subject: 6 legs no antennae
Location: Verde Valley Arizona
September 13, 2015 6:42 pm
I have spent a fair amount of time searching the web for some idea of what the bug might be. I am including 2 photos of different bugs of the same species. They are found at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, near Cottonwood, AZ. Photos are from Sept. 12 and 13, between 8 and 11 AM. Insects found within 7-8 feet of the local pond and a couple of these critters were found at the waters edge in tall grass. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
These aquatic Toad Bug nymphs in the family Gelastocoridae are masters of camouflage. According to BugGuide they are: “Generally oval, flattened, cryptic, with bulging eyes and antennae hidden under the head.”