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Subject: Found Bug
Location: Surrey, BC Canada
April 10, 2014 8:03 am
Found this bug outside @ my work in Surrey, BC Canada. Just wondering what it is.
Signature: Kelly

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hi Kelly,
Our response to you yesterday was just a quick identification that this is a Toe-Biter, and we would like to elaborate a bit now that we have a moment.  Toe-Biters or Giant Water Bugs are also called Electric Light Bugs since they are attracted to lights.  They are aquatic predators that are capable of flying from pond to pond if the habitat dries up.  The bite is reported to be quite painful, and many a wader has encountered a Giant Water Bug with painful results, hence the common name of Toe-Biter.  Because of their large size and unusual appearance, the Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.  As a side note, Giant Water Bugs are edible and their larger Asian cousins are considered a delicacy in Thailand.

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

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Subject: Giant Water Strider
Location: Flux Canyon, Arizoa
March 7, 2014 1:32 pm
I see that you already have many good photos of the giant water strider ….I saw this fellow March 5th…at night in the desert near the town Patagonia.
There are no sizable bodies of water nearby but there were some heavy rains here that may have carried him to this house.
I recognized that he was a water strider but it made no sense that he was sitting on a sidewalk in the desert with no water nearby.
I researched and these bugs seem to leave the water during their mating cycle.
I stared right into the face of this fellow….Some pics if you wanty to post them
Signature: Susan Warner

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Susan,
We are thrilled to post your images, however, they are of a Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug, NOT a Giant Water Strider, which is a very different looking Aquatic Bug.  Both Water Striders and Giant Water Bugs are capable of flying some distance to a new body of water.  Giant Water Bugs are also called Electric Light Bugs because they are attracted to porch lights and other nighttime sources of illumination.

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

March 9, 2014 11:16 am
Thanks for giving me the correct identification of the “Toe-Biter”…..of course that chunky big bug would not be skating across the water surface!
Thanks…………………………….
Signature: Susan Warner

 

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Lake Arthur, la
December 19, 2013 9:43 pm
We saw this bug in the pArking lot and was wondering wat it wAs.
Signature: Kaci bourgeois

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hi Kaci,
This aquatic predator is commonly called a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.

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Subject: Scary new species?!?
Location: South Texas Coastal Bend
December 16, 2013 9:47 pm
Found our cat Lucy playing with this interesting fellow. Nothing we’ve ever seen around here. Found here in the South Texas Coastal Bend just a couple of days ago. Looked somewhat cockroach in nature, the horns at the top of the head moved slightly. Did not try to fly, And i couldn’t really count the legs since Lucy had been playing with it, Not sure if she damaged it in anyway. An identification would be greatly appreciated. No one around here has seen anything it.
Signature: Mrs Garcia

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hello Mrs. Garcia,
Because of their large size and unusual appearance, Toe-Biters or Giant Water Bugs frequently attract attention.  They are also attracted to lights, which increases their visibility.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators and they are not related to Cockroaches.  Handle with care as they might deliver a painful bite.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Jacksonville fl 32225
December 2, 2013 8:55 am
Hi, we found this bug in a coffin we were moving for a new business purchase, can you tell us what it is?
Signature: Sport Johnston

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Sport,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, a predatory aquatic True Bug that is capable of flying from one pond or water source to another.  We cannot fathom why it was in a coffin.

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Subject: What is this big bug?
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
October 29, 2013 10:22 pm
Hi. I saw this on the ground in Dubrovnik in Croatia in September. I would estimate it to be almost 6inches long. It was dead at the time but it looks like it might have wings. Many thanks
Signature: Mark Bates

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Hi Mark,
This is a predatory, aquatic insect known as a Giant Water Bug.  In North America they are called Toe-Biters and they are eaten in Thailand.

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