Small Backswimmers


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Backswimmers live in freshwater creeks or ponds, etc.This listing is for a small species than the others that we sell in a separate listing (larger species).

We do not offer a live guarantee on the insects in this listing and offer them cheaply for this reason at 5 specimens for $10. Please only choose overnight shipping as they are not likely to do well in slower shipping. Because they breathe air through their abdomens, water quality isn’t the same issue with them as it s with fish, etc. Provide a small bit of floating material in the tank for them to hold onto. These predators suck the juices from small prey. We also offer them pellet food (see link below) and sometimes drop frozen fruit flies in. Mainly, we see them feeding on small particles in the water column that are stirred up during the feeding of other organisms in the tank.

Current specimens are immatures or adults with indeterminate remaining lifespans. Adults have a lifespan of about 1 year, total. Do not release the adults into your backyard pond features, etc. They do not belong there.



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Weight .15 lbs


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