Family: Veliidae

Broad-shouldered Water Striders

These photos supplement pages 97-103 of the Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest. Information on the biology of Veliidae can be found on page 103. Veliidae can be confused with Gerridae and Mesoveliidae. Veliidae can be distinguished by how the claws on the forelegs insert before the apex and that their hind femurs are not longer than their abdomen.

Veliidae

Veliidae antennae Gerridae tarsi Gerridae hindlegs

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