A single live specimen, several km away from any source of water.
This bug can cause painful bites.
No interactions present.
Wow! a 7cm long water bug. I believe you about the bites!
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Why don't we get bugs like this when pond dipping in Yorkshire?
I must remember to take care if I ever get the chance to pond dip in Egypt.
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The reason is it is not warm enough!
ironic, isn't it?
that the WATER bug should be this large in the DESERT - Did you have a look at the map?
The placemark is at the entrance of the protectorate, but the actual location is 10km farther into the wadi - and it is the end of summer, so there was no water for a long time.
Rather creepy, by the way, to stare at it through a macro-lens as it moved towards me from about 10cm distance. Seemed like a monster-alien, ready to pounce and devour me :-)
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