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giant water bug
Did you know that in Florida, giant water bugs are also called “alligator ticks”?
Fred

Thank you for the fascinating bit of information Fred. This is new for us.

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2 Responses to Alligator Tick

  1. waterfallhunter says:

    I grew up in south Florida on the edge of the everglades, before the big development boom and remember those bugs, and yes, we called them Aligator Ticks. I remember some as large as 4-5 inches. There’s another bug even bigger that I’m curious about. It basically looked like a giant 6 inch fly with transparent delta wings and big eyes. I will post query.

  2. Dave says:

    Yes, in Florida we have a type of water bug called alligator ticks, or Alligator Fleas. They are bigger than other water bugs (Up to 5 inches) due in part to our climate. Our ones here in Florida have the most painful bite of any insect in the state.
    Great info and some pics here;
    http://www.irishwaterdogsforum.com/alligator-ticks-alligator-fleas-t1056.html

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