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Subject:  scary big beetle in Utah
Geographic location of the bug:  Orem Utah
Date: 04/06/2021
Time: 08:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is the biggest beetle I have ever seen in Utah. I would have thought it was a kind of cockroach but we don’t have cockroaches this far north in Utah. I poked it with a big zip tie, to see if it was alive, and it was. The zip tie made the beetle look small in the picture but the zip tie is just really big. The beetle is approximately 2 and 1/8th or 1/4th  inches long. it has two big pinchers, or legs I can’t tell, when it was resting the pincher/legs were in front of it, and when I poked it lifted its self off the ground and held them up as seen here in the picture.
How you want your letter signed:  Addy Miller

Toebiter

Dear Addy,
This is not a Beetle but it is the largest True Bug in North America, the aquatic Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.  They are alleged to have a very painful bite and more than one swimmer has encountered a Toe-Biter while wading, justifying the common name.  Though clumsy on land, they are quite agile while swimming and catching prey like small fish and tadpoles as well as other insects, and when their ponds dry out, they are capable of flying great distances in search of more standing water.

Thank you, that is very helpful.

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Subject:  Huge black beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario Canada
Date: 05/26/2020
Time: 11:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Hello

Toe-Biter

This is not a Beetle.  It is anaquatic Giant Water Bug commonly called a Toe-Biter.

 

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Subject:  Large Bug/Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  South Central Kentucky
Date: 09/28/2019
Time: 01:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would really appreciate any info about this bug. It was about 2.5 inches and the weirdest thing was that its head moved in an in and out motion like it was vibrating. It also fluttered on the ground but never flew. It did not like light. It was kind of a green/gray color. Ive lived here for ten years and have never seen one before.
How you want your letter signed:  James

Electric Light Bug

Dear James,
The Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is also commonly called an Electric Light Bug because they are attracted to electric lights, often in large numbers in areas like outdoor football stadiums.

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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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