Looks carnivorous to me…
March 3, 2010
Hey Bugman! I found this bug at work today and I’ve never seen anything like it!
I’m so very curious about this insect, but can’t ID it at all…
Hepler
Corvallis, Oregon

Giant Water Bug

Hi Hepler,
Identification requests for Giant Water Bugs, commonly called Toe-Biters, are so frequent during the summer that we have put them on our Top 10 list.  Members in the genus Lethocerus are reported from coast to coast in North America on BugGuide, and they also may be found in many other parts of the world.  Much larger relatives are eaten in Thailand.  Your observation that the Giant Water Bug looks carnivorous is astute, and they are fierce aquatic predators that can also take flight to seek out new hunting grounds.

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