Nepa cinerea
(Nepa rubra)
Water scorpion, larva

The larva of the Water scorpion doesn't have the long breathing tube of the perfect insect. The wingcases still have to develop too. On the back there are long hairs, which help attaching dirt from the ditch to camouflage the bug. The color is camouflaging too: look at the curved leaf between the head and the let front leg: the front legs are almost indistinguishable from that leaf.

Detail of head and eyes:

Water scorpion,larva

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