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Toe-biter - Belostoma flumineum These bugs can inflict a really painful bite. This individual had a bunch of mites on it (red blobs), which I think are Eylais belostomatis, or a similar species.  <br />
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Toe-biter - Belostoma flumineum

These bugs can inflict a really painful bite. This individual had a bunch of mites on it (red blobs), which I think are Eylais belostomatis, or a similar species.

Habitat: Found in a small, woodland pond

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  1. More that awesome Christine, well done. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Paul! Posted 2 years ago
  2. I had never heard of these creatures until a few days ago, saw a huge one on Flickr, looked pretty scary. Posted 2 years ago
    1. They can grow to be quite large and have a painful bite. But, I haven't been bitten by one in probably 20 years. You just have to handle them properly and gently. Posted 2 years ago

    2. Posted 2 years ago
      1. Awesome episode! Posted 2 years ago
  3. This is a large predator Christine! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Yes, they are quite intimidating! Posted 2 years ago

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''Belostoma flumineum'' is a North American species of giant water bug . They are a common predator in ponds and wetlands. They are relatively large, reaching 2–2.5 cm in length. As with other species of the Belostomatidae family, the fathers take care of the offspring. Exclusive paternal care has been the focus of many studies done on this species. Other studies have been done on food webs and predation pressure using this species because they are an apex predator in their preferred habitats.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Apr 28, 2020. Captured Apr 28, 2020 02:49 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm