What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: beetle
Location: Tortunguero, Costa Rica
January 15, 2013 1:36 pm
Here are a few pictures of a rather large beetle I saw in Costa Rica. It was swimminging a puddle following a heavy rain. It was about 2-3 in long. He is quite strong, I was able to pick him up after he grabbed the umbrella with his pinchers, He’s a pretty cool looking guy. I’d like to know what kind he is so I can include that in a picture book of our trip. Thanks
Signature: Steve

Giant Water Bug

Hi Steve,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Giant Water Bug.  Giant Water Bugs in Asia grow very large and they are the largest True Bugs in the world.  Giant Water Bugs are eaten in Thailand.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic, but they also fly quite well.  They are reported to have a very painful bite and in North America, they are called Toe-Biters.

Giant Water Bug grabs Umbrella

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Costa Rica
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