What is this?
Location: Green Valley, AZ
April 16, 2012 4:53 pm
Could you please help identify this bug. It was found south of Tucson, AZ.
Signature: Josh O
You have found a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae, the largest True Bugs in North America. Most western species are smaller, and we rarely get reports from the west of members of the genus Lethocerus, but that is what you have found. BugGuide only reports one species from Arizona, and that is Lethocerus medius. Giant Water Bugs are frequently called Toe-Biters because they can give a painful bite to swimmers that encounter them at the bottom of ponds, or Electric Light Bugs because they are frequently attracted to powerful lights. Though they are aquatic, Giant Water Bugs are also strong fliers which suits them well if their ponds dry out.