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Xavier_CarpSeptember 8th, 2007, 9:26 am
Posts: 13Does anyone knows what is this??? my best guess is that it is an aquatic hemiptera
TroutnutSeptember 8th, 2007, 10:07 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
You're right, it's a Belostoma water bug, which is in Hemiptera. I've got some cool closeup pics of them.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TroutnutSeptember 11th, 2007, 12:08 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
OK, good point, it's Belostomatidae. I thought I remembered the other genera had more distinctly different body shapes but I guess that's not true for all species.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Xavier_CarpSeptember 11th, 2007, 3:45 pm
Posts: 13Jason, thanks a lot, next time out I'll try to get an adult but at least I'll know what I'm looking for


Jmd123September 12th, 2007, 6:35 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Be careful handling these guys - though it's never happened to me, they can apparently bite pretty hard, and they actually inject venom to make it hurt even more. Watch out!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TroutnutSeptember 12th, 2007, 8:23 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Yeah, just look through my closeup head shots of Belostoma flumineum and you'll see why you don't want to get toooooo close. I haven't been bit, either, but word is it's not fun. One of their common names is "toebiter."
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Doublea176March 27th, 2011, 1:25 pm
Posts: 1This is the nymph of the aquatic giant water bug. You can tell it is a nymph by the lack of wings extending over the abdomen. It is in the order Hemiptera and the suborder Heteroptera. It is either in the genus Belostoma or Lethocerus, but I cannot tell from this picture.

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