Giant Water Bug
8-28-14. Giant Water Bug. San Felasco State Preserve, Gainesville, Florida. 2014.
Giant Water Bug, Toe Biter, Alligator Tick--all names for this true bug. They are big and can grow to 3 inches long! Their piercing, sucking mouthpart can cause a painful bite and they can pinch with their front legs. They eat fish or even baby turtles and snakes! Luckily for me, this one was dead.