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Ferocious Water Bug with Eggs

Abedus sp.


Aquatic bug with eggs. As GOODY pointed out, this is a "true bug" in the order hemiptera, NOT a beetle (order coleoptera).


Found in the riffle of a shallow, fast moving section of Delaware Creek, just below the low-water dam.


Collected in a kick-net in 8 - 12 inches of water

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47 Comments (1–25)

Cesar Crash
Cesar Crash 5 years ago

This is a hoax, purple. These critters are able to deliver a painful, but not dangerous bite.

purple 5 years ago

Hi Greg, Purple Romero here from Agence France-Presse, an international news organization which fact-checks potential false stories about issues and personalities in the Philippines. Here is our site:

We're verifying claims that the insect in the photo above spreads virus. May we ask if you took the photo of this insect? If yes, may we ask you what is it and when and where did you take this photo?

We will be following-up on your response. If you have any questions or clarifications, you may call us at 09957769735 or email us at or Thanks and we hope to hear from you soon.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks for pointing out this bogus use of this spotting.

Cesar Crash
Cesar Crash 8 years ago

This is the picture that is being used in a big hoax:
And people, trying to solve the hoax, is calling it Kirkaldyia deyrolli.

staccyh 9 years ago

Really great series!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Hello Christine Y. This spotting already has been ID'ed with a genus name Abedus. This genus is in the family Belostomatidae, so the existing ID is more detailed.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

What an amazing bug! Brilliant photos, Greg.

Amazing photos!

Rj 10 years ago


Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 11 years ago

WoW! Very Wonderful:)

Egyptflower 11 years ago

So cool!

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Awesome Luis!

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Great series

TKBotting 11 years ago

Fabulous shots!

BenjiSun 11 years ago

wow! a great set of fantastic photos~

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Wow, this is crazy, Greg! Incredible capture!

tibiprada 11 years ago

Fabulous ! :- 0

travellingchez 11 years ago

Great pic.

Reeno Gargoyle
Reeno Gargoyle 11 years ago

oh my god this is awesome!!

VivBraznell 11 years ago

That is incredible!

EmilieChich 11 years ago

Great pics, bravo!

Girinukas 12 years ago

Wonderful spotting

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

Excellent ! a bug that can live underwater - I thought it was a beetle. Fantastic photos Greg. The bug's got stabbing mouth parts.
thanks for the information about this bug Goody - this is why I like Project Noah- you learn something everyday....

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Great spotting a Learning lesson....

alin 12 years ago

Fantastic photos!

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Bromide, Oklahoma, United States

Spotted on Jun 9, 2011
Submitted on Jan 2, 2012

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