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  Toad Bug (Nerthra sp)





Toad Bug | Nerthra sp photo
Toad Bug

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TOAD BUG FACTS

Identification
Toad Bugs are short stocky bugs with protruding eyes. They are usually dark coloured with a warty appearance and move with waddling steps and short hops. The forelegs are modified into a claw-like shape for catching prey.

Size
10mm

Habitat
usually found at the margins of streams and ponds.

Food
predators of small insects caught by jumping on top of them and grasping them with their modified front legs



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Gelastocoridae
Genus:Nerthra
Species:sp
Common Name:Toad Bug