The giant water bug
, Belostoma lutarium, is a small insect in which males alone provide parental care of eggs.
Upon a return visit in March 2010, we found more pool habitat but only three giant water bugs
, this time all adult males.
The transmission dynamics of the BU involve three populations: that of humans, water bugs
, and the M.
During 1 week in January 2008, water bugs
were collected from the artificial lake and water bodies located within or close to each community.
Male counter strategy against infanticide of the giant water bug
For example, Kylie recorded what she saw and what she might see: THINGS I SAW THINGS I MIGHT SEE Duckweed Water bugs
Whirly bug beetles Snail shells Water boatmen Water spider Bark Frogs--tadpoles Fingernail clam Snapping turtle
As noted, other common names are "toe-biter" and "water-scorpion." The giant water bug
is a wait-and-see predator.
(Laughs) Getting a little leash around the water bug
is such a kick.
After he's loaded up with 150 or more eggs, the male water bug
is totally responsible for them.
At two inches or more, the giant water bug
must seem like an elephant to the other circus bugs.
The final lesson was the 'Bucket Buddies water bug
Field observations of predation on snakes by the giant water bug
. Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of Japan 2004:78-81.