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Insect and Spider Identification: Found this by the river.

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Knoxville, TN

April 21, 2013
9:16 PM

Post #9492642

It has cicada-like wings, a caterpillar-like body, mandibles and a large stinger. Also when we threw it into the water, it floated on the surface and swam back to shore very quickly. It also left shells.

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(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2013
10:14 PM

Post #9492687

Don't know what your bug is but that 'stinger' looks like an ovipositor for laying eggs.
Minot, ND

April 22, 2013
8:49 AM

Post #9493094

Image too blurry for a positive i.d., but appears to be an insect whose immature stages are aquatic.
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 27, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9499225

Pic to small and blurry to tell but probably one of the fish fly species or a dobson fly. Leaving shells behind is confusing to me but the dobson fly deposits a white egg sac that has a shell like appearance. Other than being a fisherman, I have no other experience with aquatic insects.

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