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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hemiptera
Suborder Heteroptera
Family Mesoveliidae
Common Name Water treader
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Inner margins of eyes converging anteriorly
  • Femora with at least one or two black spines on dorsum distally
  • Winged forms with exposed bilobed scutellum
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Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008