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Have you ever wondered about a tiny insect that whirls over the surface of a pond or river? They are none other than the Whirligigs Beetle. They are the small aquatic insects seen swimming on the surface of the water in groups. They have some unusual characteristics. Whirligig Beetle eggs are laid by adult females, who die immediately after the eggs are laid. Hence the life expectancy of the Whirligig Beetle depends on the mating season of the adults. The diet of adult Whirligig Beetle comprises debris or organisms on the surface of the water. Whirligig Beetles carry an air bubble at the tip of their abdomen which ensures that they can dive to safety when confronted by a predator at the water's surface.
Out of their two eyes, one remains above water while the other remains below water. Do you wish to know more about Whirligig Beetle? Here are some fun and interesting facts about the Whirligigs Beetle species. After this, you may also look at our other articles on longhorn beetle facts and dung beetle facts as well.
Whirligig Beetle (family Gyrinidae) is an insect that belongs to the family of Gyrinidae. Whirligig Beetle is usually seen swimming on the surface of the water. These Beetles swim in circles when they feel alarmed, which gave them this name. They are found in almost every part of the world. Most of the species belonging to this family are similar in their appearance but the size may differ.
Whirligig Beetle is an insect that belongs to the Insecta class under the Gyrinidae family. Whirligig Beetle comes under the order Coleoptera. These Water Beetles are very common and usually found swimming on the surface of the water, swimming underwater when they are threatened. There are many species under this family and one is Dineutus americus.
According to an estimate, there are over 1.5 million species of beetles, indicating the diversity of the genera. There is no accurate estimate regarding the total number of Whirligigs Beetles in the world. Whirligig Beetle is very common and found in almost every part of the world.
Whirligigs Beetle usually live in freshwaters. They are usually found swimming on the surface of ponds, lakes, and freshwater bodies. They are found in North America, South Australia, and almost every part of the world where they carry an air bubble around with them which is placed at the tip of the abdomen.
Whirligigs Beetle (order Coleoptera) is seen in aquatic habitats like rivers, streams, and ponds. They prefer calm bodies of water. They live in lotic (moving water) habitats. They are found in almost every part of the world.
Whirligigs Beetle live in groups. They swim and whirl together in large groups around underwater plants.
Whirligigs Beetle are small-sized insects and usually have a lifespan of 2-3 years which may vary according to the underwater plants that they live around.
Female Whirligigs Beetles lay eggs just below the water surface around underwater plants. Larvae are hatched after 1-2 weeks. They lay 20-50 eggs. The larvae are predators and feed on aquatic insects and feed on aquatic insects. It crawls rather than swims.
Whirligigs Beetle are very common and do not face any threats. They are found almost everywhere in the world. Hence, they do not face any extinction threats and have been assigned the conservation status of not extinct.
Whirligig Beetles are insects that belong to the Gyrinidae family. They are metallic blackish or bluish-black. They are oval in shape and the middle and hind legs are short that are seen tightly close to the body while the forelegs are long and slender. One common species among the beetle family is Dineutus americanus. They have two pairs of compound eyes, one is above the water and the other is below. They have a distinguishing feature from other species; short clubbed antennae.
Whirligig Beetles are not very cute. They are tiny insects but are good predators. They do not look attractive.
Most pond critters communicate with each other using special chemicals.
Whirligig Beetles have an average height of 0.7-0.11 in (2.7-17 mm) and are very small-sized insects.
Whirligig Beetles can move very fast. The middle and hind legs have paddle-like structures which help in high-speed swimming.
Whirligigs Beetle is very small and very lightweight.
As a Whirligig Beetle is an insect, it is a species belonging to the Gyrinidae family. The males and females are known as male Whirligig Beetle and female Whirligig Beetle respectively.
A baby Whirligig Beetle is called a larva.
Whirligig Beetles are carnivores. They usually feed on aquatic insects and invertebrates. Larvae are also good predators and feed on aquatic insects. Adult Whirligig Beetles do not have many predators because they emit defensive chemicals.
Whirligig Beetles are not harmful to humans. Fishes and other predators do not attack or eat them because they emit a defensive chemical.
Whirligig Beetles are small aquatic insects. They are not very suitable for keeping a pet.
Whirligig Beetles can be called scavengers as they eat dead insects that are lying on the surface of the water and keep the water clean. They are called beneficial bugs. The odor produced by Whirligig Beetles is unpleasant for predators, but for humans, these are pleasant smells, like the smell of an apple.
Whirligig Beetles are attracted to lights. The light echo is detected by them. This is sometimes used to trap them.
Whirligig Beetles usually keep a place neat. They are called beneficial bugs.
Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these giant African millipede facts, or atlas beetle facts.
You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our beetle coloring pages.
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