Waterscorpion (genus Ranatra) — This unusual looking true bug is likely a brown waterscorpion (Ranatra fusca). This poor individual appears to be covered in parasites (mites) and is missing part of one of its front legs. They easily disappear along the edges of ponds where they perfectly blend in with grasses and sticks. The long stinger-like tail is really a pair of breathing tubes that enable this predator to remain under the water’s surface, waiting patiently for a meal to wander by. Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 7/11/17 near Seeley Lake, MT.