Subject: what is this?
Location: marietta, ohio
July 3, 2013 3:38 am
what kind of bug is this and is it harmful?
Signature: doesnt matter



This is a Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug.  It is a beneficial predator, however, it has been known to bite swimmers or waders who accidentally contact it or folks foolish enough to try to pick one up carelessly.  They are not considered to be harmful, though the bite is reported to be quite painful.

Location: Marietta, Ohio

2 Responses to Toe-Biter

  1. may I ask a question ? On 4th of July you usually already hear Katydids in the trees in central NC but not this year ! We had lots and lots of rain and can that maybe delay their appearance ? Thanks so much !

    • bugman says:

      Weather conditions do affect the rate at which insects develop and mature. That is one possible reason for the delay in the maturing of your local Katydids.

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