The insect can store a supply of air within its silvery belly, much like a deep-sea diver stores air in a tank. Scientific Name: Family Dermestidae; most are found in the wild, but a few species are well known pests. Photograph by Alana Russell, LSU AgCenter. water scavenger beetles (superfamily Hydrophiloidea) whirligig beetles (family Gyrinidae) This article was most recently revised and updated by Richard Pallardy , Research Editor. Hydrophilidae, also known colloquially as water scavenger beetles, is a family of chiefly aquatic beetles. Dytiscidae – (able to dive) are known by various common names around the world, including predaceous diving beetles, water beetles and diving beetles). True, or diving, water beetles make up the family Dytiscidae. Size: Very small; usually about 1/4 inch in length. Range: Throughout the world Common Name: Waterbug Scientific Name: Lethocerus sp. Scientific classification: Water beetles belong to the order Coleoptera. Habitat: Found wherever there are stored organic materials. Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Water Scavenger Beetle. Dytiscidae (Diving beetles) Hydrophilidae (Water scavenger beetles) Haliplidae (Crawling water beetles) Gyrinidae (Whirligig beetles) Scirtidae (Marsh beetles) Elmidae (Riffle beetles) Wirligig Beetles: Crawling Water Beetles: Variegated Mud-loving Beetles: Clown Beetles: Minute Moss Beetles: Water Scavenger Beetles: Short-winged Flower Beetles: Lined Flat Bark Beetles: Fireflies: Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles: Round Fungus Beetles: Stag Beetles: Net-winged Beetles: False Darkling Beetles: Blister Beetles: Soft-winged Flower Beetles: Root-eating Beetles Conservation Status. Adult: The adults of Cyrtobagous salviniae measure 2 to 3.5 mm long and are brown during the first five days following emergence before turning shiny black for the remainder of their life. The front legs are adapted to capture and hold prey. Scientific Name. Water Scavenger Beetle (Hydrochara spp.) The whirligig beetles, including Macrogyrus striolatus, are named after their habit of swimming in circles on water surfaces. Not listed by IUCN. This large beetle lives in water, where it scavenges vegetation and insect parts. Ponds, streams. Order: Hemiptera Description: Adults can be over 2 inches long, flattened and oval in shape and are basically a green-brown in color. Pupa of Cyrtobagous salviniae (Calder & Sands). The front wings have a leathery base; the outer wings areas are more membranous with well defined veins. Scientific name: Lethocerus americanus The Giant Water Bug is the biggest bug in Minnesota -- a full 2-inches long and about 1-inch wide. Hydrophilus triangularis. They are about one inch long, dark brown in colour with golden highlights and short, but sharp, pincers). Water scavenger beetles make up the family Hydrophilidae. 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