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Subject:  biting swimmer in pool
Geographic location of the bug:  Queen Creek, AZ
Date: 06/08/2019
Time: 04:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have found this type of bug in our Arizona pool (more than once). It swims very fast, it is not a water boatman, the legs are different and all go the same direction. Also it swims belly down. It has 6 legs, 2 small antennae, and it appears to use a bubble on its underside to help it go up to the surface and down again. It also bites (or stings), and if a person is in the pool nearby, it will make a beeline for them. Very aggressive for a little creature. (the 3rd photo is not 2 bugs, but a reflection on the side of the glass it was in).
Nobody seems to be able to identify it. Thank you in advance for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Zonie Girl

Water Scavenger Beetle

Dear Zonie Girl,
Thank you for pointing out and for having documentary images showing the position of the legs while swimming.  The is a Beetle, and based on information on BugGuide, including “Aquatic forms may superficially resemble Dysticidae but can be easily distinguished by antennae. Many have keeled sterna. The adults come up for air head first, and move hind legs alternately (Dysticidae come up for air tail first and move hind legs together, like oars)”, we conclude this is a Water Scavenger Beetle in the family Hydrophilidae.  Though the bite might be an annoyance, we do not believe it poses any threat to humans.

Water Scavenger Beetle

Thank you for the quick response! I looked these up online, and yes, that is exactly what this bug is.

Water Scavenger Beetle

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Subject:  Found multiple of the same type of Bug in pond.  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Massachusetts
Date: 06/05/2019
Time: 07:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in the pond in my backyard, no idea what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Alexander

Water Tiger

Dear Alexander,
These are Water Tigers, the predatory larvae of a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae.

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Subject:  Freshwater bug
Geographic location of the bug:  East Kootenay, British Columbia
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 10:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this insect floating in a freshwater lake in late May.
6 legs, approximately 2” long.
Found another smaller specimen the next day.
Suspect type of dragon fly larva but never seen one with these mouth appendages
How you want your letter signed:  David

Water Tiger

Dear David,
This is a Water Tiger, the predatory larva of a Predaceous Diving Beetle.  It breathes air through a siphon at the tip of its abdomen which is why you found it floating.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Water Tiger

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Subject:  Water bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Arkansas
Date: 05/25/2019
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was out cleaning the pool because it hasn’t been cleaned since we moved in and I saw some weird looking bugs. I’ve never seen anything like them and I tried googling it but nothing showed up so you’re my last hope. I’m also very sorry that the pictures aren’t well lit but it’s all I have.
How you want your letter signed:  Chloe

Dragonfly Naiads

Dear Chloe,
These are the aquatic larvae of Dragonflies, commonly called naiads.  They are aquatic predators that will help to naturally control populations of Mosquitoes. 

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Subject:  Pool creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennessee
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 08:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My sister had me come look at her pool over these things eating the tadpole eggs in the filter.
How you want your letter signed:  Kitty

Water Tiger

Dear Kitty,
This is a Water Tiger, the predatory larva of a Predaceous Diving Beetle.  These larvae breathe through a siphon at the tip of the abdomen that breaks the surface of the water.

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Subject:  Weird worm like creature found in water
Geographic location of the bug:  Petersburg, Tennessee
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was going outside catching tadpoles to grow and I can across this worm like thing. I scooped him up and put him in with the tadpoles. Maybe he wasn’t originally in the water and he fell in? But I didn’t want to take the chance. I’ve looked up tons of worm like creatures and even asked my parents to no avail. It would be appreciated greatly if you could help figure this mystery out. Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Sierra

Horse Fly Larva

Dear Sierra,
We believe this is a Horse Fly larva.  According to Quora:  “
Most horse flies are associated with water, and the carnivorous larvae can be found therein. I have collected black horse fly larvae while searching through the muck and mud at pond edges. [T]Here’s a Colorado State University photo by Jennifer Bonnell of what is probably a black horse fly larva eating a small frog; they’ll also eat other insects, and, while I’ve never seen it, I’m sure they’ll eat any weakened or trapped minnows they might be able to.  Through the summer, the larvae grow in the water through 6–9 instars, and ultimately spend the winter in the the mud in their last instar. In spring, still in the muck and mire, they pupate and a few weeks later, the adults emerge.”  You might not want to keep this predatory Horse Fly larva with your tadpoles.

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