Water Scorpion

Never figured out exactly what these guy were. As the summer went on the creek turned into a series of pools and these guys were quite populous in the largest,deepest pond. They were pretty good at ducking out of view as you got close, even when I made sure my shadow wasn't tipping them off... They were fairly large - 3-4+ inches in length. Orange and white-ish colored - the exoskeletons were always floating around the edge of the pond but I still wonder what the adults looked like.

  • Raphael Mazor 7y

    Water scorpion! Nepidae.

    The adults look pretty much the same.

    In fact, that one might very well be fully grown.
  • Mike Simpson 7y

    Thanks! I appreciate the ID.
    No wonder I couldn't find them - I was looking in the wrong sections of my guide book... sounds like they could have given me a nasty bite - good thing I didn't try to catch one! Another mystery bug bites the dust.
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Taken on July 26, 2004
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