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  • Water boatman (Sigara arguta) on a leaf.
    Rights: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Creative Commons 4.0 licence Published 1 November 2019 Size: 130 KB Referencing Hub media

    The water boatman (Sigara arguta) uses its long hind legs, which are fringed with long hairs, to propel itself through the water. These insects are endemic and usually found in freshwater lakes, ponds, troughs and slow-moving weed–clogged streams. Some adults have wings, so if their water source becomes overcrowded or dries out, they can fly to a new body of water. They come to the surface for air, and respiration occurs through small pores called spiracles found on the side of their bodies.

    Image: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, CC BY 4.0

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