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Belostomatidae baby!

ON EXITING my office last night, I saw one of these badboys outside the lobby

credit to waynesword for the pic (click it to go through)













According to Wikipedia, “their bite is considered one of the most painful that can be inflicted by any insect (the Schmidt Sting Pain Index excludes insects other than Hymenoptera); the longer the bug is allowed to inject its saliva, the worse the resulting bite, and as the saliva liquefies muscle tissue, it can in rare instances do permanent damage.”

In some places in Asia, they eat them.

While I was staring at it, the thing actually turned around to face me. The gall.


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One thought on “Belostomatidae baby!

  1. Tiziano on said:

    Is it real size?

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