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fishhead
09-21-2008, 08:21 PM
so youve all heard of waterboatman and backswimmers well here is a Giant water bug, yes thats its name giant water bug. thiss little girl was clinging to the leg f my waders when i came in from fishing. did a lil researche just now on them there bite is worse than that of a wasp or bee


it is the length of a cigarette and about an inch wide, i will mesure with my tape messure tomorow as it is at work

i have only heard of these things before but never seen one in bc before.

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hers some more info about it

The Giant Water Bug is one of the largest insects in the U.S. and Canada. Giant water bugs are approximately 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in length. Some species grow as long as 4 inches (10 cm). Because it often turns up under street lights and porch lights, it is also one of the most asked about insects. It is commonly mistaken for a beetle or even a cockroach. Alternate names include toe biter because they can deliver a nasty bite, and electric light bug because they are attracted to lights.

Habitat
Clear, freshwater streams and ponds, preferring those with aquatic vegetation. Giant Water Bugs like slowly moving water, especially where there is emergent vegetation such as cattails. They usually grab hold of a plant near the surface, and stick their short breathing tube out of the water to allow them to breath while waiting for prey. With their powerful front legs they are able to grab other bugs and prey as big as small fish, frogs and salamanders. They pierce their prey with their sharp beak and secrete enzymes that dissolve the body tissues, thus allowing them to suck up the resulting liquid.
Life Span
One year or longer

Diet
Larvae eat small aquatic invertebrates, while adults prey on any small animal they can handle, including insects and other aquatic invertebrates. They also hunt vertebrates such as tadpoles, salamanders and small fish. Grasping and holding prey with their powerful forelegs, giant water bugs thrust their sucking mouthparts into their prey. Many Giant Water Bugs are kept in zoos, where they are fed crickets

Ambush Hunters
Giant water bugs are ambush hunters, lying motionless and waiting for their prey. Predators of giant water bugs include birds, fish and other aquatic predators. When sitting motionless, giant water bugs resemble dead leaves. This allows them to hide from both potential prey and possible predators. However, their best defense is to escape and hide when alarmed.

Adult giant water bugs capture larger prey species by using their clawed front feet and chemicals which are injected into the body of the prey. The enzymes turn the prey’s insides into liquid, which the giant water bug can suck up.

Identifying Characteristics
The Giant Water Bug has piercing, sucking mouth parts, and a short, pointed beak on the underside of the head. The other distinguishing characteristic is the fact that the wings overlap at the hind end of the abdomen, forming an X like pattern. Other than that, the sheer size of the insect and the unusual shape of the front legs help identify it.

The Giant Water Bug is found throughout the northern United States and Canada, wherever there is standing or gently running water. Giant Water Bugs are active all year, but are most commonly seen in the late summer and early fall. At this time of year the adults are leaving the shallow ponds at night to look for deeper bodies of water where they can remain active throughout the winter under the ice. They are often attracted to lights such as porch lights, where people find them the following morning.

Although not really dangerous, the Giant Water Bug can give one a nasty bite. One person described the bite as very painful, causing the finger and whole hand to swell up dramatically, to the point where they lost all use of the hand,and remaining thus for about two weeks. If you are going to handle this insect, it should be done with care.

Cece
09-21-2008, 08:31 PM
Eeeewwwwww!!!!! :(

epic3
09-21-2008, 08:34 PM
coooooooool
I like big bugs

apefrill
09-21-2008, 08:38 PM
holy crap!! That is one big damn bug

dirka dave
09-21-2008, 08:58 PM
You take some of the coolest photos..

fishhead
09-21-2008, 09:09 PM
i want to handle it to get more pictures but i sure as fuck dont wanna get bite by this thing. lets hope it cant climb glass over night

sparkes3
09-21-2008, 09:38 PM
wait till it mutates into its adult form

Cookie
09-21-2008, 09:48 PM
that is one nasty lookin bug. looks like peggys been bangin beetles again
tsk tsk peg

frogger
09-21-2008, 10:14 PM
those will destroy the human kind ! step on it ...you ll see what i mean...i have no use for that kind of bugs ,do ya?

Taxidermy
09-22-2008, 10:02 AM
i'm interested, does that bug have a poisonous bite?

Stetson
09-22-2008, 10:20 AM
ive found 2 over the past year here at work in in Langley BC, one, in one of our planters, and the other clinging to the side wall of a truck tire. They are huge, and cling to you like velcro. had to look them up too, and read about their bite being extremely painful, but apparently they need to be quite aggravated to bite.

Mr Vic
09-22-2008, 10:56 AM
ugly bugger! wouldnt want to get bit by one of those~!

redneck princess
09-22-2008, 12:07 PM
EWWW that thing is gross!

Trouble
09-22-2008, 01:06 PM
I'm all for checkin out cool bugs and having exotic pets like Tarantulas but EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW that thing is UGLY!!

Metal Mulisha
09-22-2008, 01:48 PM
Disgusting!

Landlover
09-22-2008, 03:20 PM
[woweyes] Damn I'm not wearing sandles anymore!! :party0010:

SWEETLEAF
09-22-2008, 05:43 PM
Mmmmmm, B.B.Q

SBC hris
09-22-2008, 09:20 PM
Found one of them on the golf course in mission last weekend, creepy lookin:confused0006:

kozak
09-23-2008, 08:45 PM
Ive seen those things eat frogs, and mice before.
I go to a local wetland in my area to get pond plants for my pond in my yard, and get those bastards from time to time.
Do not let them get near your hands, I had one clamp on me before.

RebelRacing
09-23-2008, 09:57 PM
that there is just a baby.... *gulp*...

dickrick
09-24-2008, 06:16 AM
aww you just zoomed in on it it ain't big at all:dontknow:
LOL Cool tho![36]

redneck
09-24-2008, 08:58 AM
gnarly Bug! I wonder if it's related to those little 1/2" long ones that will bite ya that live in alot of creeks around here...
I was at work the other day (in oak bay), crawlin around under a deck, and I found one of those plastic spider rings kids get at halloween...I was gonna pick it up, but thought, "gee, maybe I ought to poke it with my hammer first."
So I did.
And it stood up and waved it's front legs at me, and showed me fangs about 3/8" long.
So I poked it until it grabbed onto the handle of my hammer and climbed aboard, then I carried it out into the light where we all started checkin it out. It was BIG, probably 2 1/2" around with legs. It was hairy, and it was fat. Oh, and also angry.
After about 5 minutes of "Dude, that thing's huuuuge!" One of the landscapers quietly says "Hey man....count the legs."
1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...10....wait.... .10?
Oh shit.
So we put it in a sandwich box, and took it to the bug zoo, where we enquired "What the shit is this thing and can it kill me???"
The lady at the bug zoo said it's a relative of the tarantula family, it's native to the area, my life would have really sucked and I probably would have been hospitalized if it had bitten me...Oh, and one other thing. It's a pregnent female, so please go release it somewhere because it's a very rare species.
And the extra 2 legs? Basically just for holding things still while it sinks it's fangs in and pumps all it's poison in.

Trouble
09-24-2008, 09:43 AM
gnarly Bug! I wonder if it's related to those little 1/2" long ones that will bite ya that live in alot of creeks around here...
I was at work the other day (in oak bay), crawlin around under a deck, and I found one of those plastic spider rings kids get at halloween...I was gonna pick it up, but thought, "gee, maybe I ought to poke it with my hammer first."
So I did.
And it stood up and waved it's front legs at me, and showed me fangs about 3/8" long.
So I poked it until it grabbed onto the handle of my hammer and climbed aboard, then I carried it out into the light where we all started checkin it out. It was BIG, probably 2 1/2" around with legs. It was hairy, and it was fat. Oh, and also angry.
After about 5 minutes of "Dude, that thing's huuuuge!" One of the landscapers quietly says "Hey man....count the legs."
1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...10....wait.... .10?
Oh shit.
So we put it in a sandwich box, and took it to the bug zoo, where we enquired "What the shit is this thing and can it kill me???"
The lady at the bug zoo said it's a relative of the tarantula family, it's native to the area, my life would have really sucked and I probably would have been hospitalized if it had bitten me...Oh, and one other thing. It's a pregnent female, so please go release it somewhere because it's a very rare species.
And the extra 2 legs? Basically just for holding things still while it sinks it's fangs in and pumps all it's poison in.


OH MAN I WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KEPT THAT!!! I WOULD TAKE IT IN A HEARTBEAT!! It really just has 8 legs the front two are like arms just like the lady said... to hold the food and so its thing. Next time my Tarantula eats I will show you how it works...

A prego female... That would have been awesome to check out!! Cool story :) If she comes back around... throw her in a mason jar and take pictures!!!

SHITTY
09-24-2008, 03:12 PM
taste like chicken[cheers] :happy0045:

importcrusher
09-27-2008, 09:24 PM
cool fish thanks for the info ,so they mince, poison and suck you thru their straw cool........do you think he was atracted to your hair?

gavman
09-28-2008, 10:58 AM
Glad to see there is such an appreciation of bugs and insects around here, I personally love insects and we rarely kill any we find around the home.

Another cool bug/plant story is I was just reading about Hawthorn a native plant/bush/tree in Ireland and in Early spring when it blooms the flowers smell like mildly rotting flesh so as to attract fly's for pollination reasons.I thought that was very :cool:

Bonesaw
09-28-2008, 04:05 PM
Wow! that was a great info peice thanks :)

spanky
09-28-2008, 04:31 PM
that thing freaks me out

swamp donkey
09-29-2008, 07:24 AM
some of the best bait I've ever used ...when you can find them