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Ecology of giant water bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Belostomatidae)
- Ohba, Shin‐ya
- Entomological science 2019 v.22 no.1 pp. 6-20
- Belostomatidae, emergent plants, females, freshwater, habitats, insects, males, mating behavior, mating systems, predator-prey relationships, predators
- Giant water bugs (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) are aquatic predators of freshwater habitats, and include ca. 150 species distributed throughout the world's subtropical and tropical areas. They have unique mating systems, which involve female competition, and exhibit paternal care, wherein males attend eggs laid by the females on emergent plants (Lethocerinae) or on their backs (Belostomatinae). I review here the studies on the predator–prey relationships, morphology, migration, mating behavior and conservation of this family of insects.