Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Scary bug


moth-like bug with pincers
moth-like bug with pin  

Can you tell me what bug this is? Over 3 inches or so. Looks like a moth with crab-like pincers. Really freaky!

Hello Jonathan,

It looks like a Giant Water Bug to me. They are one of the largest insects in the world. They are known to bite, but will not intentionally bite a human. I'd recommend you to contact an expert from your country for more info on the species of the specimen you have photographed.

You can visit http://thedragonflywoman.com/ the author of this website is a researcher especially dealing with the Giant Water Bugs from USA.

Hope this helps,


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Aniruddha Dhamorikar


I will answer general identification questions about insects and spiders ONLY from India. I cannot guarantee specific identification (of species), but I will try my best! If I do not have the answer, I will get back to you on the right answer as soon as possible.


I have been studying fauna of Indian for several years, as a hobby as well as academically.

B.Sc. Zoology M.Sc. Environmental Science M.E.S.

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