Giant Water Bug

I have been meaning to post this for some time. You will note that the “bug” was found in November.. partially frozen. Thanks to Tyson Ehlers for this information and the pictures.
I thought I’d share these photos of Lethocerus americanus (Giant Water Bug) that my 9 year old son Silas and his friends found in the wetlands adjacent to the river by our place in Vallican (site of the BCWF wetlands tour last summer). They found the bug partially frozen in ice in late November and it has since been living in a goldfish bowl. It is very active and feeds readily on minnows. I had no idea these existed in our area. The other common name is ‘Toe Biter’ as they can inflict a painful bite. They inject their prey with powerful enzymes like spiders and then feed on the partially digested insides.

photo by Tyson Ehlers

photo by Tyson Ehlers

photo by Tyson Ehlers

photo by Tyson Ehlers

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