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Using a long tube, or siphon, as a snorkel to access air, the water scorpion sits on the bottom of a pond and waits for prey to come by. It grabs prey with its forelegs. Through a straw-like mouthpart, the water scorpion injects the prey with saliva to liquefy it. Then it sucks up dinner.

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Did You Know?

Like many other true bugs, water scorpions possess two pairs of wings. The first pair is hardened and forms a cover for the membranous second pair, which is used (rarely) for flight, usually at night.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Laccotrephes sp.


Slow-moving streams and ponds

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Mosquito larvae, tadpoles, and small fish