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Toe biter bug

Lethocerus.sp.

Description:

Giant water bug (not a beetle) with grasping forelegs.

Habitat:

Found in the tanamai desert in Northern Australia

Notes:

Yes they do bite:( Attracted to camp lights at night. I saw only one.

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5 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

The 'bite' is really a jab with its proboscis. Still rather painful.

amoghms10
amoghms10 8 years ago

They bite ?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

The 'new' pic is really good

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

It's " bite" is a jab with its proboscis. I was holding it, and too excited to let it go. I took all NT pics with an iPhone camera and the last upload from wave hill station was located automatically by the picture data so I thought this one would too. All fixed now.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Looks like it would hurt too! Can you update the map location?

MartinL
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MartinL

Northern Territory, Australia

Spotted on Aug 25, 2010
Submitted on Jan 1, 2012

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