SPECIES ID / Invertebrates


True Bugs

  • 400 species from 15 families inhabit fresh water in North America
  • Larvae and adults are both aquatic and similar in appearance
  • Mouthparts are in a elongated beak or cone that is under the head when not feeding
  • 3 pair of segmented legs
  • Wings or wing pads
  • No gills

Primary Information Source:
Voshell, J. Reese. 2002. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America. McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company. Blacksburg, Virginia.