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Subject:  Possibly a Giant waterbug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tom Price Western Australia
Date: 04/19/2018
Time: 03:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi me and my daughter found an interesting bug in our pool. We live in Tom Price Western Australia (the Pilbara region) we found It  swimming around in the pool, when it was brought out it made the shape of a leaf. I suspect it is a Giant water bug, but this one is quite thin and it has long “tail”possibly a syphon for air while it lays in wait in the water.
Ive never come across one that looks like this before
How you want your letter signed:  Jordan Chennell-Kuehne

Water Scorpion

Dear Jordan,
We reserve the name Giant Water Bug for the group of aquatic predators in the family Belostomatidae.  This is actually a Water Scorpion, another aquatic predator from the family Nepidae, and both families are classified together in the superfamily Nepoidea, meaning they share physical similarities.  According to Ausemade:  “With their large pincer-like forelegs used for seizing their prey, Water Scorpions can inflict a nasty nip, although they are also known to play dead when disturbed.” 

Water Scorpion

Thank you so much for this information, Ive already got all the details for my daughter she loves insects and is very interested so of course we encourage studying them and learning about them.
Thanks again
Regards,

Jordan
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Subject:  Large bug found on the road
Geographic location of the bug:  Loleta CA
Date: 11/23/2017
Time: 01:03 PM EDT
My friend found this bug on the road in front of our houses. It had been run over but still able to identify it.  It is a huge bug for our area.
Is this of the Cockroach family?
How you want your letter signed:  darlene

Giant Water Bug

Dear Darlene,
This aquatic predator is a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.  It is not related to a Cockroach.

Wow, is that from our area?

They are native to California as well as the rest of North America and many other parts of the world.

Thank you! Good to know these things.It was so big it was just a surprise to see one that big in the road.
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Subject:  Interesting bug
Geographic location of the bug:  New Windsor, New York
Date: 11/03/2017
Time: 02:46 PM EDT
I was standing outside of my car this after noon, Nov 3, 2017, and this odd looking insect landed on the roof of my car.  It looked like a class of beetle, but other than that I’m not sure.  It looked like it could use it’s rear legs to sense the environment around it as it had very fine hairs, almost painbrush like in appearence as it waved them around.  I manged to get some pictures of it, and I hope they help to identify this unique insect.  I have never seen anything like it and I would love to know more.
How you want your letter signed:  Respectfully, Jesse Trusceo

Backswimmer

Dear Jesse,
This is a Backswimmer, an aquatic predator that is also capable of flight.  According to BugGuide:  “hind legs modified for swimming, with long hairs.”  Though they are somewhat clumsy on land, they are adroit swimmers.

Backswimmer

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Subject:  This was found at the pool, straightened up into a twig when removed.
Geographic location of the bug:  Chiangmai, Thailand
Date: 11/03/2017
Time: 11:25 PM EDT
Can you tell me what this guy is?
How you want your letter signed:  Richard

Water Scorpion

Dear Richard,
This is an aquatic, predatory True Bug commonly called a Water Scorpion.  They are reported to have a painful bite.

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Subject:  Large Insect – Central Oregon
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Oregon
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 10:21 PM EDT
This big ol’ bug was found outside on the ground.
How you want your letter signed:  NA

Toe-Biter

Giant Water Bugs in the family Belostomatidae are frequently called Toe-Biters.

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Subject:  What type of insect is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Rico
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Hi, we have just experienced a large hurricane in Puerto Rico and all sorts of bugs I’ve never seen before are coming out, but this one is really interesting it was aprox 2 inches long. Can you help identify it.
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Toe-Biter

Dear Mike,
We on the mainland are well aware that Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and we also understand that aid is progressing at a glacial pace.  Hurricanes frequently blow insects, as well as birds and other even larger creatures, to remote locations, so we researched if there are any local Giant Water Bugs or Toe-Biters native to Puerto Rico.  On page 35 of Insectos de Puerto Rico, we found an image of
Lethocerus annulipes, so unless the creature in your image is a different species that looks very similar, you encountered a local species.  Toe-Biters are aquatic, but they can also fly if their ponds dry out.

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