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Re: True Bugs

In a message dated 9/5/99 2:59:08 AM EST, Owner-Live-Foods at actwin_com writes:

 Someone define what you mean by "true bugs".  Are they everything except 
 "true insects"?  And if they kill the fish by dissolving them from the 
 out, what do wild fish do to discern the nasty ones from the safe ones?  
 Count legs?
True bugs are insects of the order Hemiptera. Some are aquatic. Most are not. 
Some are wingless. Different species range from tiny to huge. None of them 
have teeth or chewing parts to their mouth. Instead of a regular mouth, they 
have horny jointed beaks that look something like a short thick hypodermic 
needle through which they suck the dissolved contents of the plant or animal 
they attacked. Large aquatic true bugs will eat aquatic insects, snails, 
large fish, water snakes and frogs up to adult bull frog size. They attach 
themselves to their much larger prey where they cannot be shaken off and 
inject their poison and digestive fluid. Some of these are in a way like the 
male seahorse. The male bug carries the eggs and then very briefly the young 
on his back, dropping them off one at a time in different places. The small 
aquatic ones I've raised will eat fruit flies and small crickets, needing 
larger food each time they molt. They seem to grow better on a varied diet 
than the first ones I raised only on ramshorn snails. If you can remove the 
fish, a single adult or juvenile will rid the tank of all the snails. To 
avoid cannibalism, each baby bug should be isolated. Adults can be used as a 
way to dispose of culled and deformed fish. Counting legs will do the fish no 
good. All insects, true bugs or not, come with six legs.