Subject: What is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Wilmington, NC
Time: 01:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this in my ditch after a bunch of rainfall. We have had standing water for 2 weeks. It has 6 legs near its head.
How you want your letter signed: Wendy Pendill
This looks to us like a Water Tiger, the larva of a Giant Water Scavenger Beetle, which is also pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Larvae often predatory.” Here is a nice BugGuide posting.