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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hemiptera
Family Saldidae
Common Name Shore bug
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Membrane of wing with 4 or 5 distinct, similar sublateral cells
  • Hind coxae are large and transverse, with broad coxal cavity
  • Antennae longer than head
  • Found on surface or at aquatic margins
Additional Pictures
     Adults ranging from 5-8 mm, organisms found in the Saldidae family can be found near shorelines or in marginal growths near the water's edge.

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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.

"Family Saldidae – Shore bugs." Bugguide.Net. 6 April 2004. Iowa State University Entomology. 16 May 2008 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/13930>.