Aquatic Insects of Michigan

by Ethan Bright, Museum of Zoology Insect Division and School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan

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Four species in two genera have been recorded in Michigan. Note: species denoted in bold-blue have been recorded in Michigan, other are likely to be found in the state based on existed regional distribution records.


Nepa Linnaeus, 1758

Nepa apiculata Uhler, 1862
   • Nepa cinerea Ferrari, 1888


Ranatra Fabricius, 1790

Ranatra fusca Palisot de Beauvois, 1820
   • Nepa 4-dentata [sic] Uhler, 1872
   • Ranatra quadridentata Uhler, 1876
   • Ranatra americana Montandon, 1910
Ranatra kirkaldyi Torre-Bueno, 1905
   • Ranatra fusca Montandon, 1910
Ranatra nigra Herrich-Schaeffer, 1849
   • Ranatra fusca Uhler, 1876
   • Ranatra protensa Montandon, 1910


Polhemus DA. 1988. Family Nepidae Latreille, 1802. The Water Scorpions, pp. 528-532 in Henry, TJ., Froeschner, RC. (eds.). 1988. Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs, of Canada and the Continental United States. E. J. Brill: Leiden.  958 + xix.

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