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    Default what the heck kinda bug is this

    So this past weekend I was checking out a small mouth bass spot on the Rappahanock River. As I was crossing a shallow back eddy on my way to the main channel, movement in the water caught my eye it seemed like the water was boiling there were so many bubbles rising to the surface. I got closer and took this crappy cell phone pic. Any ideas what they are? Thanks.20190727_162832.jpg
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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    Sunflower seed bugs. very rare. :-)

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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    I'd call them 'Water Boatmen' need a better image to be sure but if they have 4 (I think) short legs and scurry in concentric patterns then I'd stick with my first impression.

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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    I think they're gyrins.....those guys move like mad

    Gyrin — Wikipedia

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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    Quote Originally Posted by jpbfly View Post
    I think they're gyrins.....those guys move like mad

    Gyrin — Wikipedia
    AKA "whirligig beetles" AKA "water beetles".

    In 60 years of fishing, I've only ever seen one eaten by a fish.
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    We always called those "whirligig beetles" too. I've never seen a fish eat one.

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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    Whirligig beetles of one species or another.

    Waterboatman have two legs (one/side) that stick way out like oars. They are harmless but attract Backswimmers that look like waterboatman but they swim on their back and STING. Entomology of my swimming pool as a kid. You learned which ones not to grab with your hand. LOL
    Nice fish! Do you have anymore pictures of it lying in the dirt?
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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    Quote Originally Posted by redietz View Post
    AKA "whirligig beetles" AKA "water beetles".

    In 60 years of fishing, I've only ever seen one eaten by a fish.
    Some say they have a pretty effective chemical emittance which repels predation. Probably could be detected, I don't know, may even work to repel fish.

    I've never seen one eaten and they're more than a little obvious to any fish nearby. Reckon they're pretty hard to catch given their manner of locomotion, but I kinda believe the chem repel theory as well. They've probably got something going on for themselves in that arena.

    Some avoid casting near them, I find this to be near impossible given the numbers in my waters and haven't noticed any ill effects of dropping flies right through the melee if that's where I chose to cast.

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    Default Re: what the heck kinda bug is this

    Around here they seem to pool in clumps in back water, moving furiously, making the water look like it's boiling. I saw fish get about two feet away from them, facing their direction and making no effort to advance any closer, which I found to be weird. So much food so close by. I'm kinda leaning on the chemical predator repellent theory. Just in case that's right I will steer clear of the little rascals lest some of their chemical repellent in the water gets on my waders and repels fish away from me as I move up river, lol.
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    Whirligig beetle is right.



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