Giant Waterbug/Toe Biter

15 Jan


Like my new hair accessory? Now, before anyone goes warning me about this bad boy “biting” me, I’ll let you know it’s dead. I found it that way. And if you don’t know what this beautiful creature is, it’s the Giant Water Bug (Lethocerus insulanus). Or more commonly known as the Toe Biter, in many parts of the world.


These guys feed in water (although they can fly)on small fish, tadpoles and your toes, should you step in the water. Just kidding…sort of. 


As you can see in the picture, their front legs have a small hook like claw, helpful when pulling in prey. They feed (put simply) by sticking their mouthpart, known as a rostrum, into their prey,  injecting a saliva that helps liquify it, and then sucking it up.

And I’ve heard rumor that a piercing from one of these guys is quite painful. But aren’t they stunning to look at?

3 Responses to “Giant Waterbug/Toe Biter”

  1. vanessamistisa January 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    You are brave!

  2. Ben Larsen February 27, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    Awesome! That’s a perfect find.

    I’ve been meaning to buy some live ones for a while now and never got around too it.

    Loving your blog. 🙂

    • Lisa Vankula-Donovan July 22, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      I’d also love to get some live ones. And thanks! I need to update way more often though, lol.

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