species of Lesser Water Boatman. There are over 30 species of Lesser Water
Boatmen which are found in Britain. These aquatic insects are very diverse and can
be found in a variety of freshwater ponds and lakes. They have widely varying diets
from detritus (dead organic material) to living plants and small animals. They are
bugs, which means that they have a device called a rostrum which is used to pierce and
suck up their food. As their name suggests, water boatmen are good swimmers, using
their back pair of powerful oar-like legs to propel themselves through the water.
Unlike Greater Water Boatmen which swim on their backs, Lesser Water Boatmen all swim on
their fronts. They lay their eggs underwater on stones and plants, and are predated
upon by other bugs and fish. Lesser Water Boatmen have wings and can fly!