Subject: Big beetle in Maine
Location: Small Point, Maine marsh next to ocean
July 27, 2013 5:30 pm
So, I found a bug in the road at a campground and ran it up to my son (since he loves bugs). He didn’t fly and gave my son a good pinch that drew blood. (Two little punctures)
We’re just curious what it was.
He was pretty big (the pic shows my husbands hand for reference.).
This is a Predaceous Diving Beetle, an aquatic predator. They are not dangerous, but as you and your son found it, they can bite if carelessly handled. Though they are aquatic, Predaceous Diving Beetles can fly from pond to pond.
awesome. it did give him a good bite, which led to blood (exciting!). we needed to know what type of bug so we can anticipate which superpowers he can be expecting. thanks!