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Water Bug (Giant)

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Lethocerus americanus
Water Bug (Giant)


They are found in North America, South Africa and India. There are more than 100 different kinds.


They live in ponds.

Body Traits

They have a large, long, brown, oval body. They can reach 4 inches long. They have a flattened shape. They have large front legs to catch prey. Their hind legs are flattened for swimming.


They may play dead, but they can give a painful bite.


Feed on small fish, frogs, tadpoles and insects.

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After mating, the female lays up to 150 eggs on the male's back. He takes care of them, taking them up to air for the next 3 weeks until they hatch.

Water Bug (Giant)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Belostomatidae
Genus: Lethocerus
Species: L. americanus

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