01 Jun '11, 1pm

Japan's Predatory Giant Water Bug

Japan's Predatory Giant Water Bug

The giant water bug (Kirkaldyia deyrolli or Lethocerus deyrolli ) became 'big' news in May 2011 for eating a juvenile turtle. Yet this bug is itself an endangered species. How can it be both dangerous and endangered? The Carnivorous Giant Water Bug of Japan Photo: Charles Haynes This insect is a native of Japan, where it mainly lives in rice paddies by eating insect larvae, snails, small frogs, young fish and small snakes. Its bite injects some venom into its prey. The eating of a young Reeve's pond turtle, however, was the newsworthy incident that caught the world's attention in May 2011. The giant water bug grows to a length of about 15 cm (almost six inches). However, it can attack fish up to 20 cm long. How Does the Giant Water Bug Relate to Humans? First, it can be eaten. These are, indeed, servings of fried giant water bug. As well, the male's pheromone 'essence' is ...

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