Waterbugs

Become waterbug scientist!

Waterbugs are insects that are found in waterways like creeks and wetlands. Not only are waterbugs an important food source for many birds, lizards, fish and other animals, they also give us a picture of how healthy a creek or wetland is. This is because some waterbugs are very sensitive to pollution, while others are more tolerant, so if sensitive waterbugs don’t show up in your sample, it may mean that the waterway is experiencing some pollution.

To get started:

  1. Watch our video to learn how to collect and identify waterbugs.
  2. Don’t own a dipnet? Have you got an old broom or broom handle lying around in the garage? Unscrew the broom head from the handle and attach an old sieve with gaffa/duct tape….and there you have a homemade waterbug dipnet.
  3. Download our ID charts and data sheets – we've got age appropriate data sheets for ages 4-adults!
  4. Head down to your local creek and start your waterbug sample!
  5. Choose to submit your data sheet to naturalconnection@ncc.nsw.gov.au and contribute to our creek monitoring data.

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