giant water bug


Definition of giant water bug

: any of a family (Belostomatidae and especially genus Lethocerus) of very large predatory aquatic bugs capable of inflicting a painful bite

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Recent Examples on the Web But such assaults are emerging from the shadows: recent studies have documented praying mantises regularly eating small birds, as well as giant water bugs consuming vertebrates such as turtles, frogs and snakes in Japanese rice fields. Sandrine Ceurstemont, Scientific American, "Diving Beetles Dramatically Take Down Tadpoles," 15 Jan. 2020 Adventurous eaters may even be tempted to try their taste buds on more exotic offerings like giant water bugs, black soldier fly larvae or tarantulas. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Cricket chips? Ant caviar? O.C. Fair showcases the latest sustainable healthy food trend: Bugs," 31 July 2019 For instance, in 2011, Ohba reported the first observation of a giant water bug preying on a turtle. National Geographic, "Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of giant water bug

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant water bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of giant water bug

: any of a family (Belostomatidae and especially genus Lethocerus) of very large predatory bug capable of inflicting a painful bite

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