Subject: What is this?
Location: Central Oklahoma
August 13, 2015 6:06 am
I found this at work. I live in central Oklahoma. It is slightly over 3″ long, moves very quickly, and uses its antenna looking things to help it walk. The pointed thing on its rear appears to retract when it runs.
Signature: F. Black

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear F. Black,
This is a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter, and it is an aquatic predator capable of flying from pond to pond.  They are attracted to light, which might explain why you found it at work.  Like other True Bugs, their mouths are adapted to pierce and suck fluids from the bodies of their prey, and they are reported to deliver a painful, but not dangerous bite, if carelessly handled or accidentally encountered while swimming or wading.

Location: Oklahoma

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