Subject: Strange bugs in Uganda
Location: Jinja, Uganda
September 12, 2012 5:30 am
I found these in my yard in Jinja, Uganda. Much larger than what I’ve seen around my home in Georia, USA. I can’t find much info on insects in Uganda on the internet; hence my query. Thank You!
Signature: Ugandan American Partnership Org.
Dear Ugandan American Partnership Org.,
This is some species of Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae. Giant Water Bugs are found in many parts of the world and they are eaten in Thailand. In the U.S. Giant Water Bugs are frequently called Toe-Biters because they have been known to give careless swimmers a painful bite. Though they are aquatic, Giant Water Bugs are capable of flying and they are often attracted to electric lights, providing them with another common name: Electric Light Bug. You can compare your photo to the images of North American species on BugGuide.