Water Scorpion - Nepa cinerea 






       The Nepa cinerea is most commonly found in slow-moving water of ponds, lakes, canals, and rivers. Often where they reside when laying eggs and for predation is in the weeds and logs of the shallow waters. Water scorpions are known as aquatic bugs which can explain why they need water to survive. They exist worldwide but more often in warmer regions. That is why this creature can be found here in La Crosse because of our very own marsh which is the water scorpions most ideal habitat.


       Water scorpions are predacious animals which is unfortunate for the other organisms that live in the same habitat as Nepa cinerea. Some examples of organisms that reside in the same niche is many aquatic bugs like flies (caddisflies and damselflies) beetles, and crustaceans.