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Question by  Haken (14)

What are boatmen swimming pool bugs?

Someone said I have boatman swimming pool bugs.


Answer by  lois47 (383)

These are aquatic insects that also have wings and can fly from pool to pool. They are called boatmen because their back legs are shaped like paddles. They mainly feed on insect larvae but some species also eat algae. Also, some species have been known to bite people and leave painful welts. Eradication can be difficult.


Answer by  Zach1988 (81)

They are small, beatle like insects that swim in groups, normally in shallow or still water. They are called boatmen because their bodies are shaped like boats and their back legs look and act like oars.


Answer by  peters (296)

They are a little black beetle. They look like a person rowing a boat when seen from above. They are harmless.


Answer by  EvelynJ (0)

Does anyone know if there is a way to add a photo? My daughter daughter caught one today in a cup. It, indeed, is a small black, possibly striped beetle -about 1/4 to 1/3 inch long with filmy transparent "wings" which make up the third set of legs.

Reply by EvelynJ (0):
We found him in our pool btw  add a comment
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