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Subject: Big Bug out of place?
Location: Charlottetown PEI Canada
January 30, 2016 8:24 pm
Have never seen a large bug like this before (saw it outside on sidewalk of my work building during the summer). I wonder if it might be far from home and wonder how it got to Charlottetown PEI.
Just curious.
Signature: Jenny K

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenny,
This Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is an aquatic predatory True Bug that is able to fly from pond to pond in the event that food runs out or the pond dries out.  Giant Water Bugs are also attracted to lights leading to the common name Electric Light Bug, and that might be the reason you found it near your work.  Though they are not aggressive toward people, Giant Water Bugs are reported to deliver a painful bite if accidentally stepped on by waders and swimmers.  The Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: MA
December 12, 2015 6:55 am
Found in Marshfield, MA
It appears to have large eyes and an armored outside body
Signature: Jen

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jen,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, an aquatic predator that is also capable of flying from pond to pond.  They are also attracted to lights and sometimes they are called Electric Light Bugs.

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Subject: identify this worm
Location: Kozhikode, Kerala, India
November 17, 2015 3:48 am
Sir,
I found this in my well water.. Plz identify this worm
Signature: megha

Fly Larvae

Fly Larvae

Dear Megha,
The best information we can provide is that these are the larvae of a member of the order Diptera which contains the Flies, Gnats and Mosquitoes.  They look like the larval form of some type of Fly.  One of you images also contains what appears to be an aquatic True Bug like a Water Boatman.

Fly Larva and Aquatic True Bug

Fly Larva and Aquatic True Bug

 

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Subject: What is this!?!?
Location: Arizona
November 8, 2015 6:47 am
This odd creature was found, no clue what he/she is! The eyes tell you a story that is unknown.
Signature: Timothy

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear Timothy,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter in the family Belostomatidae.  They are aquatic predators that can also fly from pond to pond, and they are sometimes found in swimming pools.

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Subject: What is this Bug?
Location: Bedford PA
November 5, 2015 12:13 pm
Hello bugman,
We found this bug in our dealership located in Bedford PA. We were just wondering if you knew what it was. Thank you!
Signature: Donald T. Rice

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Donald,
Even though this is one of our Top 10 identification requests, we never tire of posting images of Toe-Biters.

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Subject: What’s this?!
Location: Penticton bc Canada
October 27, 2015 10:49 am
Hi! My boyfriend recently found this gigantic bug of some sort… Hoping you can help us figure out what it is!
Signature: Jenn

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenn,
That Toe-Biter looks almost like a Centipede with those nails resembling too many legs for an insect.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live on Halloween while we are out of the office.

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