Subject: Hola from Buenos Aires!
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 22, 2015 2:30 am
My son sent me this picture of a beetle he found on his way home from work lat night. He lives in Olivos, which is a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He couldn’t identify it, but we offered a guess that it was some type of cicada. Do you guys agree with our assessment?
Signature: Rich Williams
This is NOT a beetle or a Cicada. It is a Giant Water Bug, an aquatic True Bug that is also capable of flying. They are frequently attracted to lights and in North America they are sometimes called Electric Light Bugs, but more commonly they are called Toe-Biters because waders are sometimes surprised by a painful bite if they step on them in shallow water. Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators with mouths designed to pierce the prey and suck the fluids from the body. Though painful to humans, the bite is not considered dangerous.