Giant Water Bug

Abedus herberti

Daddy does the babysitting! After the female lays eggs on the male’s back, it is then his job to clean and aerate the eggs, and carry them to safety when threatened. This insect breathes at the surface or from an air bubble held under its wings when submerged, somewhat like a tiny SCUBA diver.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 6 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Ambush predator
habitatHabitat: Creeks
dietDiet: Aquatic insects and small fish

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