Giant Water Bug
Location: Rochester, NY
March 27, 2012 11:34 pm
I found this beautiful Giant Water Bug lost in my garage a few nights back. I brought her in the house to take a few pictures and set her loose on my front porch. We normally leave the garage door closed with the lights off so I have no idea how or why she decided to come in but her visit made my night. I hope you like the picture!
Signature: Jenn K
Thank you for sending us your photograph. We have been calling Giant Water Bugs by the name Toe-Biters for years, and it may be an undeserving name. We don’t believe we have ever received a report of a person being bitten anywhere by a Giant Water Bug, much less on the toe. That name allegedly originated from hapless swimmers being bitten while swimming in lakes and ponds. Giant Water Bugs are also called Electric Light Bugs because they are attracted to lights. Now that temperatures have risen, albeit unseasonably early in the eastern states, we expect the reports of Giant Water Bugs to come pouring in.