Nepa cinerea

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Nepa cinerea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Nepidae
Genus: Nepa
Species: N. cinerea
Binomial name
Nepa cinerea
Linnaeus, 1758 [1]

Nepa cinerea is a species of water scorpion (Nepidae), found in Central Europe and the British Isles.

It lives in ponds and stagnant water and feeds upon aquatic animals, especially insects.

Respiration in the adult is effected by means of the caudal process, which consists of a pair of half-tubes capable of being locked together to form a siphon by means of which air is conducted to the tracheae at the apex of the abdomen when the tip of the tube is thrust above the surface of the water. In immature forms the siphon is undeveloped and breathing takes place through six pairs of abdominal spiracles. The eggs, laid in the stems of plants, are supplied with seven filamentous processes which float freely in the water.

A water scorpion (Nepa cinerea) climbs on leaves of European waterclove (Marsilea quadrifolia) and flies away. Filmed at a small pond at the Wollenberg, Hesse, Germany.

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