water beetle


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n water beetle any of numerous aquatic beetles usually having a smooth oval body and flattened hind legs for swimming
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Great water-scavenger beetle Great water-scavenger beetle
Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Water beetle (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of aquatic beetles belonging to Dytiscus and allied genera of the family Dytiscidæ, and to various genera of the family Hydrophilidæ. These beetles swim with great agility, the fringed hind legs acting together like oars.
    • ***


In literature:

In order to continue my studies, I had to lodge the water beetles elsewhere.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
Beetles in brackish water.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Consider the festive water-beetle, and the ant and other industrious doodle-bugs.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
It was dark and small and smelled of the black beetles who lived happily around the hot-water pipes.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
In the great Dyticus water-beetle this is done in a curious way.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Aren't there any beetles that live in the water, Ben?
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Splash goes the net again, but no water-beetle larvae.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
Very similar to beetles are some of the water-bugs.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
When the weather had moderated a little, and the beetle had rubbed the water out of his eyes, he saw something gleaming.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
After a while the weather cleared up a little, and the beetle was able to rub the water from his eyes, and look about him.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then water beetles skimmed about, forming glistening geometric figures for a time before they disappeared.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Crags beetled beyond crags, and nothing could be heard but the wild waters roaring in the obscure depths beneath our feet.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
The same absence of fresh-water shells characterises the Azores, where, however, there is one indigenous water-beetle.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Why are the antennae of both water bugs and beetles so small?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
They are then damped on a water mangle, and beamed on to the heavy iron bowl of the beetling machine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
They have been bitten by the water-beetle, and never rest.
"The Golden Rock" by Ernest Glanville
In the ponds little creatures such as the frog and water-beetle live, and they too have their legends.
"Concerning Lafcadio Hearn" by George M. Gould
In the pools of water I found but few aquatic beetles.
"On the Variation of Species, with Especial Reference to the Insecta ; Followed by an Inquiry into the Nature of Genera" by Thomas Vernon Wollaston
There are between 220 and 230 different species of Water Beetles in our waters.
"Old Flies in New Dresses" by Charles Edward Walker
The water-beetles and gnats were jumbled together in one muddy mass.
"Grim: The Story of a Pike" by Svend Fleuron

In poetry:

While the thunder of tears like an avalanche of stones
into little green beetles will change,
thus bending down to the water by turns
we'll incautiously sail to oblivion;
left behind by us on earth
only our shadows shall cry.
"A Melody" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
Dam up those rills!—they flow so free
O'er icy slope, o'er beetling crag,
That soon they'll all be off at sea,
Beyond the reach of Charlie's gag;—
And when those waters are the sea's,
They'll speak and thunder as they please!
"The Gag" by John Pierpont
A leaf on the water lay afloat,
Which the blundering Beetle thought a boat.
Far down in his heart his dearest wish
Was to find some hitherto unfound fish.
He never came back from that fatal swim,
So 'twas always thought that a fish found him.
"Camping Out" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Water Beetles of Pollardstown Fen .
Whirligig beetles skittering atop the slow water of Bayou Des Allemands were the first target of an evening bug hunt for the Audubon Insectarium as scientists sought to replenish its stock of swamp-swimmers.
Namib Desert beetle inspires self-filling water bottle .
Namib Desert beetle inspires self- filling water bottle.
I have a new daily ritual in the garden: Picking Japanese beetles off ornamental plants and dropping them in soapy water.
Namib Desert beetle inspires self-filling water bottle.
Every beetle I've ever seen on the water has its wing tips visible just behind the shell back halves.