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Large bug in WA state - Lethocerus americanus

Large bug in WA state - Lethocerus americanus
Smokey Point, Snohomish County, Washington, USA
October 15, 2009
Size: 3.5 inches aprox.
We found this around 8:15 at night on the edge of our football field underneath the bright lights. it's got 1 large spike, rather than a set of pinchers and it's legs have sharp claws at the end.

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Large bug in WA state - Lethocerus americanus Large bug in WA state - Lethocerus americanus

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I just found out what it is.
I just found out what it is. It's a Giant Waterbug.....also known as a "toe biter" and it can pack a nasty bite.

 
bitten ?
Did it "bite" you? I got nailed by an orange-spot assassin bug last year, and yowee! was that a surprise. I knew better than to handle, but it wouldn't sit still for photog. So I picked it up and made cage with hand, bad idea.. :)

 
Thankfully, no! I didn't get
Thankfully, no! I didn't get bitten. It's one nasty bug!!! Pretty cool though. I took it home and kept it for a few days and then released it in the small kids pool in the back. It stayed in it overnight, but then took off the next day. It floated on top, hiding under leaves.

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