Anyone find Giant Water bugs?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

mothman27
mothman27
Moderator
Moderator
Posts : 244
Points : 325
Join date : 2016-11-03
Age : 18
Location : Indiana
http://www.ebay.com/usr/loefflerlepidoptera

Postmothman27 on 11/29/2016, 7:49 pm

Anyone find Giant Water bugs? I have found one. T.C. do you get any in your pond?
Mine is pretty large.
T.C.
T.C.
Administrator
Administrator
Posts : 533
Points : 710
Join date : 2016-11-02
Location : Wisconsin
http://www.insectboards.com

PostT.C. on 11/29/2016, 9:43 pm

Yeah, huge ones! I mean they almost took up the palm of my hand. I got mine about 2 years ago when the pond dried up from a drought. Only found a dead one this summer though. Then when I was in my neighbors woods, in a small and slow moving stream, there was one of these large beetle you are speaking of. However this one had these jaws. The best way i can explain it, was it had's jaws like those trap jaw ants! It was wierd!
natureguy
natureguy
Advanced Member
Advanced Member
Posts : 33
Points : 41
Join date : 2016-11-07

Postnatureguy on 11/30/2016, 8:33 am

@T.C. wrote:Yeah, huge ones! I mean they almost took up the palm of my hand. I got mine about 2 years ago when the pond dried up from a drought. Only found a dead one this summer though. Then when I was in my neighbors woods, in a small and slow moving stream, there was one of these large beetle you are speaking of. However this one had these jaws. The best way i can explain it, was it had's jaws like those trap jaw ants! It was wierd!

T.C., are you sure your not telling tales, a beetle,/trap jaw ant mixed breed? Very Happy
mothman27
mothman27
Moderator
Moderator
Posts : 244
Points : 325
Join date : 2016-11-03
Age : 18
Location : Indiana
http://www.ebay.com/usr/loefflerlepidoptera

Postmothman27 on 11/30/2016, 9:54 am

Dobsonfly? In the water? Water bugs have piercing mouthparts. Possiblythe front legs looked like jaws? Apparently their bite it really painful. They kill turtles/frogs/snakes and fish! I have a small pond at my house but it dries up usually once a year. I get dragonflies from there but I have never found a water bug in it.
T.C.
T.C.
Administrator
Administrator
Posts : 533
Points : 710
Join date : 2016-11-02
Location : Wisconsin
http://www.insectboards.com

PostT.C. on 11/30/2016, 10:31 am

I found the beetle i was talking about. Its called Lethocerus americanus. Also, I am finding all beetles bites are painful, even just the small water beetles.

Anyone find Giant Water bugs? Sw6aVTL
mothman27
mothman27
Moderator
Moderator
Posts : 244
Points : 325
Join date : 2016-11-03
Age : 18
Location : Indiana
http://www.ebay.com/usr/loefflerlepidoptera

Postmothman27 on 11/30/2016, 11:40 am

That is a giant water bug. The "jaws" are the two front legs

T.C.
T.C.
Administrator
Administrator
Posts : 533
Points : 710
Join date : 2016-11-02
Location : Wisconsin
http://www.insectboards.com

PostT.C. on 11/30/2016, 12:58 pm

@mothman27 wrote:That is a giant water bug. The "jaws" are the two front legs

Do they use those front legs to kill their prey?
mothman27
mothman27
Moderator
Moderator
Posts : 244
Points : 325
Join date : 2016-11-03
Age : 18
Location : Indiana
http://www.ebay.com/usr/loefflerlepidoptera

Postmothman27 on 12/1/2016, 4:25 pm

They inject their prey with poison and then suck their insides out.
Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z02iZ6_MBZQ

_________________
My interests in order, greatest-least: Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Homoptera, Orthoptera, Odonata, Mantodea, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Phasmatodea, Diptera, Blattodea.
Anyone find Giant Water bugs? Signat10
H. trisignata  -   E. imperialis   -   P. oculatrix   -   A. caesar
~-~-~-~-~Tim
Insect Rod
Insect Rod
Experienced Member
Experienced Member
Posts : 217
Points : 282
Join date : 2016-12-16
Location : Georgia USA

PostInsect Rod on 12/26/2016, 8:11 pm

We have them in our ponds, I don`t have one at the moment.
insect rod,,
mothman27
mothman27
Moderator
Moderator
Posts : 244
Points : 325
Join date : 2016-11-03
Age : 18
Location : Indiana
http://www.ebay.com/usr/loefflerlepidoptera

Postmothman27 on 1/3/2017, 7:46 pm

I forgot to mention that they can fly very powerfully and fast, I have seen it.

_________________
My interests in order, greatest-least: Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Homoptera, Orthoptera, Odonata, Mantodea, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Phasmatodea, Diptera, Blattodea.
Anyone find Giant Water bugs? Signat10
H. trisignata  -   E. imperialis   -   P. oculatrix   -   A. caesar
~-~-~-~-~Tim
pannaking22
Experienced Member
Experienced Member
Posts : 55
Points : 57
Join date : 2016-12-27

Postpannaking22 on 1/8/2017, 11:07 am

Front legs are raptorial in all belostomatids. They use them to capture and hold prey while they inject venom through the rostrum. I've only seen Lethocerus once, pretty much all the others I find are Abedus or Belostoma.
DanielPrice
DanielPrice
Stranger
Stranger
Posts : 4
Points : 4
Join date : 2017-08-23
Location : New York, United States

PostDanielPrice on 8/24/2017, 12:39 am

Yes, Last year I saw giant water bugs.
Sponsored content

PostSponsored content

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Create an account or log in to leave a reply

You need to be a member in order to leave a reply.

Create an account

Join our community by creating a new account. It's easy!


Create a new account

Log in

Already have an account? No problem, log in here.


Log in

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum