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Ranatra Water Scorpion Adult Pictures

 Here's a big water scorpion (no relation to actual scorpions). These guys are just about the most sinister-looking creatures you could find, and what's especially creepy is that they can come up out of the water and fly around, as I learned when one left my aquarium and buzzed my head while I was peeking into the microscope at a mayfly nymph.

This water scorpion was collected from unknown on March 10th, 2004 and added to Troutnut.com on January 25th, 2006.

I'd hate to be a trout fry swimming too close to those claws.  Ranatra Water Scorpion Adult from unknown in Wisconsin
I'd hate to be a trout fry swimming too close to those claws.
The water scorpion landed here after flying out of my aquarium.  It's unnerving to have such a large thing flying around one's bedroom...  Ranatra Water Scorpion Adult from unknown in Wisconsin
The water scorpion landed here after flying out of my aquarium. It's unnerving to have such a large thing flying around one's bedroom...

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Posted by DMM on Jan 18, 2007
Last reply on Jan 18, 2007 by DMM
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