One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mainly tropical predatory water bug with grasping forelegs, breathing from the surface via a bristlelike “tail.”.
Family Nepidae, suborder Heteroptera: several genera including the Nepa and Ranatra
- ‘These surely are Water Scorpions in the genus Ranatra, and they really will give a painful bite.’
- ‘They include such things as spiders, leeches, millipedes, pill bugs, flatworms, mites, beetles, and water dwellers such as water scorpions and nematode worms.’
- ‘When an unsuspecting tadpole, fairy shrimp, or insect comes along, the water scorpion lunges forward and grabs it with razor sharp front legs.’
- ‘She also learned from her teacher that the water scorpion's tail forms a siphon for breathing at the surface.’
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