Water Sorpions are aquatic insects that are found all over the world. They belong to the order Hemiptera (true bugs) and sub-order Heteroptera. They are about one to two inch in length. Water scorpions have two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs. Water scorpions are carnivores and feed on small fish, tadpoles and other aquatic insects. The water scorpion’s sting (a bite from its beak-like mouth parts) is very painful, so they should be handled carefully. However, its sting is not as poisonous as that of a land scorpion. This one was found in a swimming pool, but promptly taken out!
Another Water Scorpion picture taken in a swimming pool.