Family: Mesoveliidae

Water Treaders

These photos supplement pages 97-103 of the Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest. Information on the biology of Mesoveliidae can be found on page 100. Mesoveliidae can be confused with Gerridae and Veliidae. Mesoveliidae can be distinguished by how the claws on the forelegs insert on at the apex. In addition, Mesoveliidae have dark spines on their femurs.

Mesoveliidae

Mesoveliidae Mesoveliidae tarsi Mesoveliidae legs

Hemiptera

BelostomatidaeBelostomatidae
Giant Water Bugs


CorixidaeCorixidae
Water Boatmen


GelastocoridaeGelastocoridae
Toad Bugs


GerridaeGerridae
Water Striders


HydrometridaeHydrometridae
Water Measurers


MesoveliidaeMesoveliidae
Water Treaders


NepidaeNepidae
Water Scorpions


NotonectidaeNotonectidae
Backswimmers


PleidaePleidae
Pygmy Backswimmers


SaldidaeSaldidae
Shore Bugs


VeliidaeVeliidae
Broad-Shouldered Striders