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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Nine species in two genera have been recorded in Michigan. The list below is based on records in the UMMZ-Insect Division collection and literature records from Henry and Froeschner (1988). 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.


Microvelia Westwood, 1834

Microvelia albonotata Champion, 1898 - UMMZ records
   • Rhagovelia capitata Torre-Bueno, 1908
Microvelia (Kirkaldya) americana (Uhler), 1884 - UMMZ records
Microvelia (Microvelia) buenoi Drake, 1920 - UMMZ records
Microvelia (Microvelia) fontinalis Torre-Bueno, 1916 - UMMZ records
Microvelia (Microvelia) hinei Drake, 1920 - UMMZ record
   • Microvelia borealis Hungerford, 1920
Microvelia (Microvelia) pulchella Westwood, 1834 - UMMZ
   • Microvelia capitata Guérin-Méneville, 1857
   • Rhagovelia incerta Kirby, 1890
   • Microvelia robusta Uhler, 1894
   • Microvelia incerta Kirkaldy, 1899
   • Microvelia borealis Torre-Bueno, 1916

[Note: there is a Michigan record in the UMMZ-Insect Division collection for Microvelia (Microvelia) portociensis Hussey, 1955 (synonom of Microvelia cubana Drake, 1951), which has a distribution from Florida, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Although this species can be widely distributed by hurricanes and other weather patterns, this record should be considered doubtful until thoroughly checked].


Rhagovelia Mayr, 1865

Rhagovelia obesa Uhler, 1871 - UMMZ records
   • Rhagovelia arctoa Torre-Bueno, 1924
   • Rhagovelia flavicincta Torre-Bueno, 1924
Rhagovelia (Rhagovelia) oriander Parshley, 1922 - UMMZ records


Hyssey RF. 1919. The waterbugs (Hemiptera) of the Douglas Lake region, Michigan. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology 75. 23 pp.
Polhemus DA. 1997. Systematics of the genus Rhagovelia Mayr (Heteroptera: Veliidae) in the Western Hemisphere (Exclusive of the angustipes Complex). Thomas Say Publications in Entomology: Monographs. ii + 368 pp.
Smith CL. 1988.
Family Veliidae Amyot and Serville, 1843. The Small Water Striders, pp. 734-742 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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