Friday, March 02, 2012

Backyard Bug of the Day

Uhler's Waterbug was on our back doorstep last night.  2-3 inches long and kinda scary looking.

"Individuals are capable of inflicting a painful bite with their strong beak, and may also pinch with their front legs. Individuals prey on aquatic insects, small fish, frogs, tadpoles, small birds, and other organisms they are able to capture. Powerful enzymes are injected into prey to kill them. Adults of Lethocerus are considered a delicacy in Asia, and are eaten both fresh and cooked."
Yeah, I didn't harvest him for a snack.  In the zombie apocalypse when bugs are the only food out there, I will probably starve before I can choke one down.  Ewwww!

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