Currently viewing the category: "Toe Biters and other Aquatic True Bugs"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Swimming/Flying Bug
Location: Southwest Houston, TX
April 23, 2017 4:01 pm
I found this bug swimming in my pool the other day. I got it out and onto a pool mat. After sitting there for awhile it flew off. It was maybe a 1/2 inch long and had a line across it’s back that appeared to open and close almost like it was breathing.
Signature: TX Bug

Giant Water Bug

This is a Giant Water Bug in the genus Belostoma, and while it is nowhere near as large as the Toe-Biters in the genus Lethocerus, they are impressive nonetheless.  Handle with caution as Giant Water Bugs are capable of biting.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Giant Water bug
Location: Alrode / Gauteng
April 7, 2017 1:01 am
I found this water bug in the workshop.After searching the web ,I noticed that this bugs habitat is Durban Natal and that is +- 500 km from Alrode.
Signature: Piet

Giant Water Bug

Dear Piet,
Giant Water Bugs are found in many parts of the world, including Thailand where they are eaten, Australia, North America and South America as well as Africa.

Giant Water Bug

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Beetle ??
Location: London UK
January 24, 2017 4:28 am
Found this gem ( not ) in my fruit from the supermarket. Never seen anything like it. Because it was in with imported fruit I’m guessing it’s not from here ( United Kingdom ). I thought it was a Cockroach, but no antennae . It’s almost 2 inches long.
Signature: Kd

Giant Water Bug

Dear Kd,
This is not a Beetle nor is it a Cockroach.  It is a True Bug and we feel quite certain it is a predatory Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae.  You may be correct that it was imported with fruit as the family is not listed on the British Bugs site.

Thank you Daniel,
Was a bit of a shock finding it.  After receiving your email, I googled it and now know that the one I found is only half size  (( shudders )).
Thanks again
Kd

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Is this T. infestans?
Location: Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil
December 19, 2016 10:00 pm
Hi Bugman!
Can you tell me what bug this is? I think it is related to T. infestans, but my dear daughter disagrees, and thinks it more related to some sort of cockroach.
Help us put our disagreement to rest.
Love your blog!
Signature: Tenney Naumer

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear Tenney,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae, and it is not related to the Cockroach.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators that can also fly.  In the U.S. they are commonly called Toe-Biters.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Giant Water Bug?
Location: Madison, Ohio
October 4, 2016 5:28 am
Hello! I am writing from Northeastern Ohio, very near Lake Erie.
This morning as I was coming home from taking my daughter to school, I pulled into the garage & pushed the button to close it. Something activated the safety sensor, and the door rolled back open.
Upon investigation, I find this guy, flopping around. I scooted him nicely away from the sensor, snapped a picture and was then able to close the garage door. My younger daughter couldn’t believe how big he was!! Thanks to your site, I was able to search thru and find out just what kind of bug he was. Thank you for this awesome resource!!
Signature: Marge Oldbotom

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Marge,
Giant Water Bugs or Toe-Biters are quite impressive, and shockingly large for folks who are encountering them for the first time.  They are the largest True Bugs in North America.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Is this a water scorpion?
Location: St Clair, N.S.W 2759
September 19, 2016 10:28 pm
Hi, my son and I are very big on insect spotting, this one popped up on our back porch and we have never seen anything like it. I have been researching for days to try figure out what he is and water scorpion is the closest I have come but we live out in the suburbs with no lakes,rivers or ponds anywhere.
Signature: Mummy and Noah

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Dear Mummy and Noah,
This is indeed a Water Scorpion, and they are able to fly great distances in search of water.  According to Sportsman Creek Conservation Area:  “They can ambush fast swimming prey such as small fish catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed probiscus.  Known as Toe-biters able to inflict a nasty nip although this specimen played dead when disturbed. Water Scorpions are also capable fliers and inhabit waterholes over much of Australia.”  According to the Queensland Museum, Australian Water Scorpions are in the genus
Laccotrephes.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination