Subject: Large Beetle I have never seen before
Location: North Western Pennsylvania
May 28, 2014 6:17 am
Bugman the photos I have attached are of a large beetle that I have never encountered. Living on a farm in North western Pennsylvania we see a multitude of insects but nobody in our area has seen on of these, I am hoping you can identify it. The beetle is approx. 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. It flew into the side of our swimming pool and sounded like a baseball it hit so hard. It appears to have multiple sets of wings and looks even larger when in flight. Unfortunately its navigation error ended it’s life.
This is not a Beetle, but rather, a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter. Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that are capable of flying from pond to pond to swimming pool. The bite of a Toe-Biter is reported to be quite painful, but not dangerous to humans.