Living Under Water

Riffle Beetle, Elmis aenea
Photo: A. Herrmann

Many insects have larvae that are aquatic but an adult that is terrestrial. Until early in the 20th Century, it was widely assumed that no adult insect could live under water for sustained periods. The French Biologist, F. Brocher, changed these beliefs with his observations of Elmis aenea that were reported in his 1911 paper, Recherches sur la respiration des insectes aquatiques adultes. Brocher observed beetles living underwater for extended…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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