Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug identification

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Crazy bug
Crazy bug  
Can u please tell me what kind of bug this is?? We found it on the beach when we were walking today.  We live in ormond beach,fl.  It was alive and when my son put his flip flop close to it it grabbed ahold of it and looked as though it was stinging it.

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Christie:

This is an insect called a Giant Water Bug...they are also called "Toe Biters."

These insects live in water and are attracted to lights at night.  They are predators on other insects, minnows, and tadpoles.

In addition, they can BITE...and it can be painful.  They inject venom from small hollow claws on the tip of the first pair of legs that is used to paralyze prey.  In humans, the venom just hurts like mad....

Great find!

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

Experience

22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Publications
Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

Education/Credentials
BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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