Water beetles invasion will be brief, expert says

The prolonged rainy spell that hit Saskatchewan has produced ideal conditions for some insects, with people making note of unusual numbers of water beetles.

The prolonged rainy spell that hit Saskatchewan has produced ideal conditions for some insects, with people making note of unusual numbers of water beetles.

The bugs come out at night and, attracted to damp concrete, can accumulate in large numbers before they die on the sidewalk to create a crunchy carpet in the morning.

Some nightspots have also had to contend with the bugs on their outdoor patios.

"I've noticed it during the night-time mainly,"  Katie Mantei, the manager of a Regina downtown coffee shop, said Tuesday. "[Bugs] falling from the overhang."

Experts in the field say the water beetle's life-span is very short, so the phenomenon will not last long.

"This is typically a very short lived event," David Halstead, an aquatic biologist, told CBC News Tuesday. " It'll only be for a couple days in most circumstances."

Water beetles aren't the only insect that has caught the attention of people.

People have also been talking about increased numbers of dragonflies.