Giant Water Bug from Peru

What kind of but is this?
Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 6:32 AM
I was in Puerto Maldonado, Peru recently and came across this giant insect. A friend of mine there, a local, said that it was a cockroach. Though it sort of looks like one, I’m not convinced.
Peruvian Amazon, Puerto Maldonado

Giant Water Bug
Giant Water Bug

Dear Nate,
People often write to us wanting to get buts identified.  This is actually a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae.  The family is well represented around the world.  In the U.S .  Giant Water Bugs are also known as Toe-Biters or Electric Light Bugs.  They are eaten in Thailand.

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