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Corixa punctata Corixa punctata or lesser water boatman is one of the most common boatman species in Holland. <br />
Made with a reversed 28mm lens in my mini photo aquarium. Corixa punctata,Geotagged,Lesser water boatman,Netherlands,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Corixa punctata

Corixa punctata or lesser water boatman is one of the most common boatman species in Holland.
Made with a reversed 28mm lens in my mini photo aquarium.

    comments (5)

  1. You're a true master in making the common uncommon. I bet almost nobody actually knows about this species or has seen it in the way you make it visible. That's literally a unique perspective. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks for the compliment! I do this kind of photography a lot in the winter (with the aquarium). You would be amazed how much life there is in a single scoop of water from a ditch even in winter time. Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. I share that curiosity. I often kneel down alongside ponds wanting to do macro photography at the water surface or below, but it's all out of reach to me. Posted 3 years ago
  2. What a face! Wonderful. Posted 3 years ago
  3. Simply fantastic! Kudos to a spectacular capture and presentation. Posted one year ago

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The lesser water boatman is a water-dwelling insect of the order Hemiptera.

Adults normally range in size from 5 to 15 mm long, and are found in ponds, lakes and sometimes even swimming pools. The boatman feeds on algae and dead plant material. They have long hind legs which they use to swim on top of water. These powerful legs are covered in tiny hairs which helps them float on the surface of the water.

They breathe oxygen by trapping air beneath their wing cases when.. more

Similar species: True Bugs
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Uploaded Mar 23, 2016. Captured May 3, 2015 16:11 in Gastelsedijk Zuid 12A, 4751 VG Oud Gastel, Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO125