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I have never seen anything like this.
Location: Venice, FL
November 24, 2011 9:31 am
Found this insect in my boat in Venice, FL. Was about 3 inches long and strong as can be. Grabbed my boat hook hard enough I felt it grab it from the other end. Boat is parked near a Date Palm tree as well. Had wings tucked in, large front claws and a huge stinger. What is it?
Signature: Thanks, Jeff

Toe-Biter

Dear Jeff,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.  It is an aquatic insect that can also fly quite well.  They can often be attracted to lights at night, sometimes in great numbers, and that has earned them another common name, Electric Light Bug.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

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