Giant Water Bug from Turkey

Subject: 6 legged giant
Location: Turkey, Balikesir
September 3, 2013 5:40 am
Hello Bugman,
I took the photo of this bug during my vacation.
I put my foot beside to the bug for estimating the size of it. (My shoe size is 9)
Can you please identify this one for me?
Best regards
Signature: Basar Turkay

Giant Water Bug
Giant Water Bug

Dear Basar Turkay,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae, a group with a nearly worldwide distribution.   They are aquatic predators and they are capable of biting if accidentally encountered or carelessly handled.  In North America, they are sometimes called Toe-Biters.

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