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Giant IRAQI Water Bug?
I looked at your site and noticed a lot of photos of "toe-biters", or "giant water bugs." I noticed a lot were Canadian. I’m in Balad, Iraq, and noticed the photographed/attached bug here during our rainy season, and it looks identical. Is it possible that this bug lives over here as well? It was VERY aggressive, and waddled when it walked.
Hans in Iraq

Hi Hans,
Thanks for sending in your image of an Iraqi Toe-Biter. There are species in most parts of the temperate and tropical world. In Southeast Asia where they grow to five inches long, they are a deep fried delicacy. Don’t get your finger too close as they do not distinguish between fingers and toes.

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