My name is Chad, and i found this bug in Midland, Michigan last night. It was in a Walmart Parking lot. within 300 feet of a bunch of pallets of top soil, mulch, roses, etc. I am guessing it is not from this area, and was brought in with the pallets of mulch. can you help me identify it?
This is a Giant Water Bug, also known as an Electric Light Bug or Toe-Biter. Lethocerus americanus is capable of delivering a nasty bite if mishandled. It was probably attracted to the parking lot lights.
thanks, you have a great site. after looking for a while i came across some pictures of it on your site. I have already released it at the edge of the pond outside, it went straight for the water. seemed content there. later