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Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Masteri
Date: 03/30/2019
Time: 11:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The bug is brown with no wings. It is very strong as it is still stuck to my net when I shakes it really hard.
How you want your letter signed:  Allison

Water Scorpion

Dear Allison,
This looks to us like an aquatic, predatory Water Scorpion.  You did not indicate if you were using your net in the water or to catch flying things.  Water Scorpions actually do have wings and they are capable of flying from pond to pond.  Handle Water Scorpions with caution.  They can bite and the bite is reported to be quite painful.

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Subject:  Please let me know more about this object
Geographic location of the bug:  Limbe, Cameroon, Africa
Date: 03/23/2019
Time: 05:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Been seeing these strange insects around the house recently so wanted learn about them more ( not too long ago I even saw 2 brahminy snakes).
For more precision about the insect on the picture, at a certain point it was able to mimic a small piece of wood by straightening his whole body like an | (All legs behind and stiking to the body with his 2 things?? in front perfectly straightened forward).
Well thanks for your time and patience.
How you want your letter signed:  Sally

Water Scorpion

Dear Sally,
This is a predatory Water Scorpion, an aquatic True Bug that is capable of flying from pond to pond.  Handle Water Scorpions with caution as they can deliver a painful bite.

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Subject:  Big bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Arizona
Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 03:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this floating dead in a pond, haven’t seen it b4
How you want your letter signed:  Anthony

Giant Water Bug

Dear Anthony,
This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, and aquatic predator that is capable of flying from pond to pond in the event its habitat dries up.  We believe this is
Lethocerus medius, a species reported in Arizona, according to BugGuide.

Giant Water Bug

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Subject:  very large bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 09/10/2018
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My wife found this 9-10 cm big bug in an arroyo 2 days ago and we wanted to know what it is because my brother-in-law claims that it is very poisonous. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Michael Patrick

Toe-Biter

Dear Michael,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae and there are similar looking individuals found all over the world.  Commonly called Toe-Biters in North America because of the painful bite they are able to inflict on bathers and waders in freshwater bodies of water, Giant Water Bugs are not considered poisonous, however, they do inject saliva that can cause a reaction in some people.  According to Research Gate:  “These insects have toxic saliva capable of provoking intense pain and paralysis in vertebrates. Victims experienced intense, excruciating pain and 1 manifested hypoesthesia in the forearm. Bites by Belostomatidae are often reported by clinicians working in areas where these insects live, but there are no detailed case reports in the medical literature. ”  According to Pest Wiki:  “Water bugs are referred to as Toe biters because they do bite.Water bugs are harmless to humans.They don’t seek for people to go and bite them up.Water bugs bite is considered to be most harmful and painful.They bite on rare occasions when we get scared, or they get terrified. Usually, there are initial symptoms, but rarely they may cause life-threatening allergic reactions.”

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Subject:  odd creature found in Thailand
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangkok suburbs, Thailand
Date: 09/01/2018
Time: 12:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This thing was in a swimming pool. Didn’t look to be struggling. I took it out and it sat on the side of the pool. I took some photos and a few minutes later I couldn’t find it. As you can see it has 4 legs, no wings, two large eyes and quite a long tail.
How you want your letter signed:  Alex Slater

Water Scorpion

Dear Alex,
This is a predatory Water Scorpion, and the common name is a reference to its painful bite.  Water Scorpions are also capable of flying.

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Subject:  Big fly looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Minnesota State fair 2018
Date: 08/25/2018
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Mr/Ms  Bug person .
I was walking to my car and  tripped over this Hugh bug. I’m sure  it fell off a out of state vehicle, I can only pray.
I’ve  never seen a bug in MN  like this big.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in Minnesota

Toe-Biter

Dear Curious in Minnesota,
Last we checked, Minnesota is still called The Land of 10,000 Lakes, so there is plenty of habitat for this aquatic, predatory Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.  We are pretty certain it is a local species for you.

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