Water Scorpion from Costa Rica

Subject: Identify this insect
Location: Gunacaste. Costa Rica
February 16, 2016 2:43 pm
I found 2 of these in a pool in Costa Rica
Signature: Gary C

Water Scorpion
Water Scorpion

Dear Gary,
Because of its reported painful bite, the aquatic, predator you discovered is known as a Water Scorpion.  Water Scorpions stalk prey by crawling through aquatic plants, and adults are capable of flying, meaning they can seek a new pond if one dries out.

Thank you
I will let the locals know as they had no idea when the guy picked it up it stung him with the tail.
Gary c

Water Scorpions do NOT sting.  They bite with a piercing mouth designed to suck fluids from the body of prey.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually a breathing tube that acts kind of like a snorkel.

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