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Question of the Week – Eastern Toe Biter

Posted by romeethredge on January 29, 2016

Last week I had a photo of a large insect I’ve often seen, but that amazes me every time I see one. It’s the Eastern Toe Biter aka Giant Waterbug.  They aren’t  beetles but are true bugs like the stinkbug. They are able to inflict a painful bite with their strong beak, and may also pinch with their front legs. They prey on aquatic insects, small fish, frogs, tadpoles, small birds, and other organisms they are able to capture in the water. Powerful enzymes are injected into prey to kill them. They are considered a delicacy in Asia.

 

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Here’s this week’s question. What is this animal I found last week and why is it important and special? This was one of the largest I’ve come across.

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Eastern Toe Biter”

  1. Tom said

    Horse shoe crab

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