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In a parking lot


This thing is scary

2 species ID suggestions

True bug
Order Hemiptera Hemiptera
Giant Water Bug, Toe-Biter
Lethocerus americanus Species Lethocerus americanus - Giant Water Bug - BugGuide.Net


RexScientiarum 6 years ago

It is not a beetle, it is a true bug (Order: Hemiptera Suborder: Heteroptera) and this is identified by the triangle at the rear where the wings fold over one another (they do not overlap in beetles, only in true bugs). Based on body shape and the legs it is certainly in Infraorder Nepomorpha, Family Belostomatidae (giant water bugs), Genus Lethocerus. I am guessing L. americanus and it is aptly named the Giant water bug or sometimes the Toe-Biter :-)

Latimeria 7 years ago

Looks some kind of predaceous diving beetle, judging from the hind and front legs. It can inflict a nasty pinch.

Portage, Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.22, Long: -85.64

Spotted on Oct 12, 2010
Submitted on Oct 12, 2010

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