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


 

addict

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

fidgetbones

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.

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.

Daintiness

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

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nutcutlet

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

fidgetbones

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

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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.

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

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

BobTheGardener

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.

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

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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...

fidgetbones

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.

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.

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nutcutlet

back swimmer, water boatman, same insect

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