Subject: Found Bug
Location: Surrey, BC Canada
April 10, 2014 8:03 am
Found this bug outside @ my work in Surrey, BC Canada. Just wondering what it is.
Our response to you yesterday was just a quick identification that this is a Toe-Biter, and we would like to elaborate a bit now that we have a moment. Toe-Biters or Giant Water Bugs are also called Electric Light Bugs since they are attracted to lights. They are aquatic predators that are capable of flying from pond to pond if the habitat dries up. The bite is reported to be quite painful, and many a wader has encountered a Giant Water Bug with painful results, hence the common name of Toe-Biter. Because of their large size and unusual appearance, the Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests. As a side note, Giant Water Bugs are edible and their larger Asian cousins are considered a delicacy in Thailand.