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Giant Water Bug

© Chris Knowles

Class: Insecta

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Belostomatidae

Scientific Name:Lethocerus sp.

IUCN Red List status: Not Evaluated


Protected by the following WLT projects:

   

Description

Giant Water Bugs are also known as ‘toe-biters’ and ‘electric-light bugs’. These highly common flying aquatic insects are found worldwide in clear, calm, freshwater streams and ponds. They resemble dead leaves floating in the water and ambush their prey, injecting a chemical that liquefies their insides which the bug then sucks out! Some species can reach 11cm in length.

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