Lethocerus Americanus / Impossible to find

CyrusP

Arachnopeon
Joined
Apr 12, 2017
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Hello Arachno Masters,

My name is Cyrus and I live in Northern California. With the summer fast approaching I'd love to know if anyone has any idea or as ever caught any Lethocerus (any) within N. CA.

I'd love to take the family out into the wilderness for a few days and bug hunt as much as we can and one species on our list is the illusive Lethocerus. One reason may be because we have been suffering from a very extensive drought that might have wiped them out for years now. I'm no expert so i'm not sure if giant water bugs can survive such a long drought or not, can they? I know they hibernate during the winters.

Any advice or comments are much appreciated.
 

Salmonsaladsandwich

Arachnobaron
Joined
Jul 28, 2016
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498
Lethocerus can survive without water indefinitely and fly to new habitat if need be, so they didn't necesarrily perish in the drought.

I would try finding a pond and setting up a black light trap near the shore. Lethocerus are highly attracted to lights at certain times of the year. On warm nights in March I can expect two or three lethocerus at my moth sheet every night.
 
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