Location: Southwestern PA, USA rural setting, open fields and woods.
June 4, 2011 7:36 am
Tis insect was found early June, 2011, in southwestern PA. Two inches in length
This Giant Water Bug in the genus Leptoglossus is also known as an Electric Light Bug and as a Toe-Biter. The alarming name Toe-Biter is somewhat offputting, and though it presents a distinct possibility, it should probably be clarified. Giant Water Bugs might bite a person if they are carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be quite painful, but we rarely if ever get reports of anyone being bitten by the notorious Toe-Biter despite it being one of our Top 10 identification requests. It is believed that the common name Toe-Biter originated with bites reported by children while swimming in freshwater ponds. If stepped on in shallow water, it is almost a certainty that a Toe-Biter will live up to its name. In preparation for our staff taking a holiday the second week in June, we are preparing this posting to go live to our site on June 12.