Laccophilus pictus is a species of predaceous diving beetle. There are about 4,000 species world wide of this type of beetle. They live in most freshwater environments around the world.
They are carnivorous and aquatic and prey on other insects and even fish larger than themselves. This species is very small and is about 4-5 mm (or 1/10 of an inch) long. The biggest a diving gets is about 35 mm (1.5 in).
Diving beetles are raised for human consumption in parts of Mexico, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
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