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big scary looking bug!!?!?!
Location: South Australia
April 3, 2011 5:45 pm
This bug was found in a container that was shipped to Bunnings (local hardware store in Australia). it is in a white bucket with base diameter approx 250mm. local quarantine guys came to pick it up and said it was a ”standard bug found in the waterways of Queensland…..” and took it away. The guy from bunnings said, ”the container didn’t even come from Queensland???”
Signature: ?????

Giant Fishkiller

Dear ?????,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the genus
Lethocerus, and they are found in many parts of the world, including Australia.  In North America, the common names include Electric Light Bug because they are attracted to lights at night, and Toe-Biter because they will bite if carelessly handled or accidentally stepped on while swimming.  The Australian Museum website provides another common name that is new to us, and perhaps unique to Australia:  Giant Fishkiller.  Giant Water Bugs are predatory and they will prey upon almost any small aquatic creatures they can catch, including small fish.  Your letter did not indicate the source of the container.

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