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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: Saudi Arabian bug
Location: Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
April 6, 2014 8:33 pm
Hello Bugman!
I’m currently living in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia and am amazed at the wide variety of fauna around the compound. Recently I have seen lots of these critters crawling around on the ground at night. I’m curious as to what they are, please help!
Thanks, Lisa
Signature: Lisa

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Lisa,
This is a Mole Cricket, and we get identification requests from all over the world.  Mole Cricket identification are among our most frequent identification requests.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers and many species are capable of flight.

Daniel,
Thanks so much for the swift response. I just heard that they’re edible, do you have any recipes? Only joking, it’s a fascinating time of the year here in Saudi, just last night I saw a praying mantis, very convincing stick insect, numerous locusts and grass hoppers and many species of moths. My best finds so far are a camel spider and the mole crickets, amazing!
Thanks again,
Lisa

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Salisbury,md
October 15, 2013 1:11 pm
Found this bug outside my work place and we don’t know what it is. Never have anyone of us ever seen this bug before.
Signature: Angela Bounds

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Angela,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug.  They move slowly and they are not aggressive towards humans, however, you want to stay clear of the piercing mouth that is evident in your photo.  Wheel Bugs can deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

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Subject: ???Dragonfly bodied mutant never seen b4 bug??
Location: Crestview, Florida
May 26, 2013 9:21 pm
I’ve been around 40 years and I have never seen an insect like this before. It was on my garage door late one night. It has 2 sets of wings that look like they are from a cicada, beyond that its just weird.
Signature: Don Wilson

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Don,
This impressive creature is a male Dobsonfly, and Dobsonflies are among our most common identification requests during the summer months.  Despite the impressive mandibles, Dobsonflies are harmless.  Your submission will go live next week since we are leaving the office for a short holiday and we are postdating submissions to go live during our absence.

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Subject: I am certain this is Satan’s pet.
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 30, 2013 11:30 am
My friend found this bug in her house in Puerto Rico yesterday. Right now it is in between pluvial and dry season (the only seasons we have in PR). She had her husband pick it up and throw it out the window (she lives in a 3rd floor) and this demonic-looking guy FLEW. It was quite large, about a dollar bill large (or a little bit bigger).
While she doesn’t live in a rural area, it is not uncommon to see rainforest creatures in the urban areas of Puerto Rico.
Signature: Melissa Dailey

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Melissa,
This is not Satan’s Pet.  It is a Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug and it is reported to have quite the painful bite.  Though they are aquatic predators, Toe-Biters or Giant Water Bugs also fly quite well.  They are attracted to lights at night, earning them yet another common name:  Electric Light Bug.  Your letter will not go live to our site before early June since we are going to be away from the office, but we want activity on our site.

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Subject: Palmetto beetle
Location: Central Canada
April 26, 2013 5:02 am
Please help me identify the creature found in springtime in Quebec, Canada (not a hot climate)…it’s about 2” in length…
Signature: Marie

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Marie,
A Palmetto Bug is a common name for the large American Cockroaches found in the south.  This is a Giant Water Bug, a common name for a predatory aquatic True Bug.  Giant Water Bugs are sometimes called Toe-Biters because of the painful bite they can inflict on unwary swimmers and waders.

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