Aquatic macroinvertebrates also known as water bugs are small animals without a backbone. They live all or part of their lives in water and there are many different types. Aquatic macroinvertebrates include dragonfly larvae, mosquito larvae, water fleas, beetles and snails.
Macroinvertebrates offer important functions in aquatic environment as they:
Water bugs live in our freshwater waterways and are highly sensitive to changes in the water. Each water bug has certain sensitivity to pollution or changes to water quality. A healthy waterway will have a large number of different types of water bugs present. A polluted or disturbed waterway will only have a few different types of water bugs. By sampling water bug community types and numbers we can better understand waterway health.
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