Whirligigs have four eyes: two above and two below water. This allows them to see through both media simultaneously. Their middle and hind legs are shaped more like a fin or paddle making them agile in the water. Though small as individuals, a large cluster of Whirligigs seen spinning about can contain outrageous numbers of them. They feed on detritus and small aquatic insects in water and can dive under whenever they like. They cannot breathe underwater so they capture and carry air bubbles when at the surface and take them below to respire.
Whirligigs have a milky chemical defense that they secrete when under threat. Its odor is perceptible to humans and is described unpleasant. The members of this genus prefer calmer waters like lakes and ponds, but are fine in rivers and streams. Whirligigs are mesmerizing to watch.
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Whirligigs may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Whirligigs. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.