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26/08/2013 at 13:57

This little creature gave one of my customers a nasty bite. Can anyone tell me what it might be.


26/08/2013 at 13:58

Looks like a water beetle of some sort. Does she have a pond?

26/08/2013 at 13:59

Looks like a cockroach. If its inside the house they need to be exterminated fast. Spray any one you can see with flykiller (raid etc) and phone the council, landlord, or rentokil for fumigation.

26/08/2013 at 14:25

It looks like a water beetle. How big is it? There's something called a Great Diving Beetle (this isn't it) that can eat small fish, so they do come with strong jaws.

26/08/2013 at 15:24

I don't think it is a water beetle. If you look closely it would appear to have wings (I think)

26/08/2013 at 15:29

I don't think it's a great diving beetle but water beetles do have wings and they do fly. With those long back legs I wonder if it's a water boatman, usually seen the other way up in water

26/08/2013 at 19:39

have you got a face on view? Where was it found? How big is it?

26/08/2013 at 20:33

It bit him outside and he felt it, shook his shirt and it flew into the window.  Originally it was outside, no pond near, it was about 3/4" body length and didn't stay still for long hence quick photo.

26/08/2013 at 20:39

Must admit from googling it has the shape of a cockroach but doesn't have the antennae.

26/08/2013 at 20:49

Nope, the legs are wrong for a cockroach. Their legs are spiny.

26/08/2013 at 20:55

I'm not sure it's a beetle at all - the definition is that they have wing cases covering the wings, but these wings look like they are on the outside.  Also the eyes are rather large, suggesting a wasp, bee or fly of some kind.

26/08/2013 at 22:22

It's a backswimmer. Look at Wikipedia images of Notonecta species.

26/08/2013 at 22:27

Certainly looks like that's it Waterbutts, just looking around Internet to see if it bites.  No ponds in immediate vicinity though.  Thank you 

apparently they have a painful bite...

26/08/2013 at 22:37

Well done waterbutts. Wikipedia says it bites or stab  using proboscis. And  yes cockroaches have antennae.

We had a cockroach hitch a lift from Australia in a suitcase. A week later it ran up  other halfs leg in the shower. He squealed like a girl. Thankfully we caught it, and environmental health Identified it as a male, so no eggs.

26/08/2013 at 22:39

Just found a French website telling children not to try and catch these as they will give you a nasty bite. They eat small fish and other stuff. They can fly well.

26/08/2013 at 23:54

back swimmer, water boatman, same insect

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