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Lethocerus Americanus (aka: Canadian Toe Biter?) - Lethocerus americanus

Lethocerus Americanus (aka: Canadian Toe Biter?) - Lethocerus americanus
Cold Lake, Medley Latitude: N 54° 24.777 / Longitude W 110° 14.498 / Elevation: 536 m, Alberta, Canada
September 18, 2011
Size: 3 inches Length
I would like to thank Matt "furryscaly" Reinbold for his post correctly Identifying this Lethocerus Americanus.
Additional Location info: Latitude: N 54° 24.777 / Longitude W 110° 14.498 / Elevation: 536 m

In New Brunswick, Canada we called these critters "Toe Biters". I've seen them in the water, and they are also strong fliers attracted to lights. This one was found on a bike path under a street lamp. We relocated it to a nearby drainage ditch with water, but not before snapping a couple photos.

Images of this individual: tag all
Lethocerus Americanus (aka: Canadian Toe Biter?) - Lethocerus americanus Lethocerus Americanus (aka: Canadian Toe Biter?) - Lethocerus americanus

Moved
Moved from Uhler's Water Bug.

misidentified
Based on BugGuide's own identification tips, I would say this has to be L. americanus, not L. uhleri. L. uhleri is found in eastern North America, which I would not use to describe Alberta's location. L. uhleri also has an interocular space that is less than 3/4 the width of the eye. This means that the space between the eyes has to be less than the width of an individual eye. The second and last pair of legs should also be noticeably banded. This specimen was found at a more northwestern range, has a lack of distinct leg bands, and the distance between its eyes clearly matches or exceeds the width of its eyes. This leads me to conclude that it has to be L. americanus.

 
Additional Coordinates of find
Normal GPS Coordinates (WGS84 Datum)
Decimal 54.41295 -110.24163
DDD MM.MMM N 54° 24.777 W 110° 14.498
DDD MM SS.SSS N 54° 24' 46.620" W 110° 14' 29.868"

UTM (WGS84 Datum)
12U E 549217 N 6029733

Elevation: 536 metres

 
Wow! I'll change my wording immediatly.
Thank You so much Matt. For me, this was a curiosity. The Info I found online was difficult in that I could only guess at the true identity. Thank you so much for sharing your detailed observations, and for describing what you know in words that even I can understand. :)

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