Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Giant Water Bug
He swam right to me so I caught him in a bait cup for a photo shoot.
They can dive underwater for extended periods of time by capturing a bubble of air under their wings. Although they spend most of their time out of the water hanging on to nearby vegetation, they can fly short periods. They winter in the mud in the bottom of the pond.
Source: Freshwater Invertebrates of North America by J. Reese Voshell, Jr