Do you know what this bug is???
Here’s a challenge for you. We live in Ontario, Canada and have a cottage NE of Kingston. Do you know what this bug is? It’s quite large. Thanks for any help you can provide.

If you really want to challenge us, don’t send one of the top 5 query subjects we receive. Toe-Biters, like your specimen, along with House Centipedes, Potato Bugs, Hummingbird Moths and Dobsonflies, represent a significant percentage of our identification requests. Toe-Biters are also known as Giant Water Bugs and Electric Light Bugs.

Wow! Did we know where to go to get an expert opinion!!! Thank you so much. Believe it or not, we’ve been going to the cottage on Beaver Lake since 1958 and NOBODY has seen this bug until last year when we found it in the eavestrough near the night light. Coincidentally another friend who has a cottage in the Muskoka region came across one recently and he asked us what it was. To make a long story short, we searched the web for quite some time unsuccessfully until a google search led us to you. Since your email we’ve learned quite a bit about this Giant Water Bug and a healthy respect for it as well. Thanks again for your help!

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