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Subject: Crazy bug
Location: North LOUISIANA
May 30, 2017 1:52 pm
What is this?!
Signature: Amansa

Toe-Biter

Dear Amansa,
This is a Giant Water Bug, sometimes called a Toe-Biter or Electric Light Bug.  It is an aquatic predator that is capable of flying and is frequently attracted to lights.  It should be handled with caution as it is capable of giving a painful bite.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: NE Pennsylvania l
May 24, 2017 5:26 pm
Is this a giant waterbug? The bug pictured is almost 3in in length.
Regards,
Signature: Mike

Toe-Biter

Dear Mike,
This is indeed a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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