Family Notonectidae - Backswimmers

This page contains pictures and information about Backswimmers in Family Notonectidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Backswimmers - Paranisops inconstans

Body length 10mm
This water bugs swim un side down with bottom facing upwards, so their common name Backswimmers. They propel with hind pair of long legs. They are common in flash water ponds in Brisbane.
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They are fast swimming predators. The swim under water but often come up surface to exchange air. They store air between wings and abdomen for breathing.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 488.
2. A field guide to insects in Australia - By Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey, Reed New Holland, 1996, p95.
3. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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Last updated: March 10, 2012.