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Waterbug in the desert

Observed: 24th October 2008 By: moshiramoshira’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

A single live specimen, several km away from any source of water.
This bug can cause painful bites.

Identifications
  • Giant waterbug (Lethocerus niloticum)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Jonathan's picture

Wow! a 7cm long water bug. I

Wow! a 7cm long water bug. I believe you about the bites!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

the naturalist man's picture

Water bug

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.

Graham Banwell

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Jonathan's picture

The reason is it is not warm

The reason is it is not warm enough!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

moshira's picture

ironic

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 :-)

moshira hassan
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