Subject: scorpion roach?
Location: durban south africa
March 4, 2013 1:17 pm
I was on my way home last night when I saw this peculiar bug. It’s roughly 10cm long and moves with those large mandibles at the front. I am in durban in south africa. I’ve never seen anything like it.
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae, and in North America they are commonly called either Electric Light Bugs because they are attracted to lights at night, or Toe-Biters because they can deliver a nasty bite to unwary swimmers in lakes and ponds. Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that are capable of flight, a valuable skill when ponds dry out.