Backswimmer or Water Boatman  (three photos)
"Toe Biter"
Notonecta unifasciata

toe-biter
Normally these little insects are aquatic and can be seen in ponds resting on the shore or in the water just
 rowing around. They are easily spooked and can disappear quickly into the mud.
 
© Carol Davis, 10-13-2011

backswimmer
I found this one sitting on the windshield of my car about 1/4 mile from any known water.
on Antelope Island. Occasionally these bugs do take to the air and fly around. I got a few
pictures and it split as quickly as it had landed.  They are nicknamed "toe biters" because they
have been know to bite the feet of people invading their waters.
© Carol Davis, 10-13-2011

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