It has an incredible array of insects and at least 33 species of water beetle
alone have been recorded.
The museum's own most recent discovery concerns the humble water beetle
, the male of which does not like to take no for an answer.
Longley G and Spangler PJ: The larva of a new subterranean water beetle
, Haideoporus texanus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae).
Even Toe Biter, the giant water beetle
, paddled away.
Two colonies of the lesser silver water beetle
were discovered during separate surveys by Wrexham County Borough Council at The Cloy, near Overton-on-Dee.
Dilcher of the University of Florida in Gainesville provide a simpler explanation, Within hours of resin dropping into water from a damaged pine tree, a variety of organisms--including the water beetle
shown here--became stuck.
Then one day about a year ago, local entomologist Dennis Sheridan discovered a beetle, a water beetle
to be exact, basically swimming through the sand, gobbling up microscopic bits of food between the grains.
3,600 adults of the long-toed water beetle
Postelichus immsi (Coleoptera: Dryopidae) crawling upstream concurrent with upstream recession of surface water in the Santa Maria River, La Paz and Mohave counties, Arizona.
Spangler PJ: The bionomics, immature stages, and distribution of the rare predacious water beetle
, Hoperius planatus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).
Experts were excited to find a rare water beetle
, acilius canaliculatus, in large numbers across the forest.
For example, tadpoles of the wood frog Rana sylvatica grew extra-deep tail fins when sharing a tub with a threatening mud minnow or a dragonfly larva, a somewhat deep tail fin when raised with a less dangerous newt, but nothing special when exposed to a more innocuous water beetle
The water beetle
bears little resemblance to similar American beetles, seeming instead to be derived from those native to Eurasia.