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Creeping Water Bugs


(Family Naucoridcae.)
These insects are few in number and small in size. They are aquatic and predaceous, flat-bodied and oval. About thirty species are known, and under ten are found in the United States. The commonest of these, Pelocotis femorata Beauv., is widely distributed in this country and is found in waters in which there is abundant vegetation, on which it creeps and about which it swims in its search for prey. It may be found near the margin of a pool with a grassy bank, feeding on little land insects which have accidentally fallen into the water.