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Beetle or roach? - Lethocerus americanus

Beetle or roach? - Lethocerus americanus
Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
April 7, 2010
Size: 3 inches
Enormous beetle or roach on my kitchen window this morning. I've never seen anything like it. Help please.

Moved from Giant Water Bugs.

Moved from ID Request.

Neither :)
Giant Water Bug

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Thank you!
We live next to a swamp. What a relief that it's not a roach.

a cockroach...
might be prefered...these belostomatids can have a painful bite :-) But not to worry--they are harmless :-)

It won't bite me.
Its size alone was kept me far from it. My husband took the picture.

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