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Subject: unidentifiable front pincer bug
Location: Northern MN (Grand Rapids)
July 8, 2014 7:06 pm
I have no idea what this is. I live in northern mn, I’m originally from Texas, in saying this all the locals have never seen it either. My friend found it crawling across the parking lot of our church.
Signature: doesn’t matter

Water Tiger

Water Tiger

Dear doesn’t matter,
This is an aquatic Water Tiger, the predatory larva of an aquatic beetle, and we cannot fathom why it was in your church parking lot.  Perhaps one of Minnesota’s 1000 lakes is adjacent to the parking lot.  Perhaps someone captured it in a nearby lake and left it in the parking lot.

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Subject: Large African Flying Beetle
Location: Burkina Faso (West Africa)
June 28, 2014 11:38 am
Hey Sir, I am a Marine stationed out here in Africa and saw the weirdest looking beetle outside my house. I have never seen anything like it on discovery channel. The things was huge and aggressive. Not only did it have huge claws to grab stuff with but it fly’s also! It wasn’t even scared of me it actually tried to attack me. I didn’t squish the monster he took off and caught a moth in flight. Hopefully you can help me identify this guy.
Signature: Zachary Staman

Giant Water Bugs

Giant Water Bugs

Hi Zachary,
It is easy to mistake this Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae for a beetle, but closer inspection will reveal that instead of mandibles adapted to chewing like the beetles, the Giant Water Bug has a mouth designed to pierce and suck fluids from its prey, consistent with the mouths of Heteropterans, the True Bugs.  Giant Water Bugs from North America are often called Toe-Biters because unwary waders have frequently received a painful bite if they step on one of these aquatic predators, or otherwise carelessly handle them.  

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Subject: Large Beetle I have never seen before
Location: North Western Pennsylvania
May 28, 2014 6:17 am
Bugman the photos I have attached are of a large beetle that I have never encountered. Living on a farm in North western Pennsylvania we see a multitude of insects but nobody in our area has seen on of these, I am hoping you can identify it. The beetle is approx. 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. It flew into the side of our swimming pool and sounded like a baseball it hit so hard. It appears to have multiple sets of wings and looks even larger when in flight. Unfortunately its navigation error ended it’s life.
Signature: Mark

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Hi Mark,
This is not a Beetle, but rather, a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that are capable of flying from pond to pond to swimming pool.  The bite of a Toe-Biter is reported to be quite painful, but not dangerous to humans.

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Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: Minden Ontario
May 16, 2014 10:08 am
Found this gem in the water. Tried to google around. Could use your help to identify this bug please! :)
Signature: Thanks from cottage country

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dragonhunter Naiad

This is the naiad or aquatic nymph of a Dragonfly known as a Dragonhunter, .  The Dragonhunter naiad resembles a dead leaf on the bottom of a pond, affording some degree of camouflage protection.

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Subject: Two inch long horned beetle?
Location: Found in water
May 8, 2014 7:12 pm
I live in West Virginia and I found this bug in my pool. It was 1 1/2 inches to two inches long it had long horn looking things and a very thick hard shell I would love to know what it is I’ve never seen anything like it!
Signature: Annie Faye

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Annie,
Though they are aquatic, we very rarely get reports of Giant Water Bugs or Toe-Biters that are found in the water.  They are also capable of flight and they are attracted to lights, so most encounters occur on the land.  As the common name implies, Toe-Biters should be handled with care as they are capable of delivering a painful bite.

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Subject: Strange looking bug in ohio
Location: Mason, oh
May 1, 2014 5:28 pm
A friend was walking around in the woods in ohio and stumbled across this weird looking bug(?) it almost looks like a scorpion and frog bred. What is it?!
Signature: Jackie

Naiad, possibly Mayfly

Naiad, possibly Mayfly

Hi Jackie,
This is the aquatic nymph of a flying insect, known as a Naiad.  It might be a Mayfly Naiad, and it looks very similar to this BugGuide image.

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