Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Anisops wakefieldi White

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Notonectidae

Size range

  • 5–6 mm


  • Native

Life History

  • Aquatic
  • Found in standing water bodies – ponds lakes, troughs, clogged streams
  • Two similar species
  • Swims on its back
  • Traps air amongst fine hairs under its body, thus able to stay underwater up to 15 minutes
  • Eats other insects including mosquito and other larvae
  • Flightless and flying forms
  • Able to fly between ponds
  • Makes noise – stridulates