Predacious Diving Beetle Illustration
Predacious Diving Beetle ,
colored pencil and watercolor
Commissioned by: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
About predacious diving beetles (Dytiscidae):
Predacious diving beetles are large, predatory aquatic insects.
The long hairs on the hind legs (tibia) are called natatory setae and function as flippers, increasing swimming ability. They are also referred to as water beetles. They're about one inch in length.
Phylum: Arthropoda (having a segmented body with appendages on each segment)
More about predacious diving beetles:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Predacious Diving Beetle
Wikipedia: Predacious Diving Beetle
Iowa State University Entomology: Predacious Diving Beetles
predacious diving beetle larva
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