Ugliest insects - Giant water bug

Ugliest insects - Giant water bug

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Belostomatidae is a family of freshwater insects known as giant water bugs or colloquially as toe-biters, Indian toe-biters, electric-light bugs, alligator ticks, or alligator fleas. They are the largest insects in the order Hemiptera, and occur worldwide. They are typically encountered in freshwater streams and ponds. Most species are at least 2 cm long, although smaller species also exist. The largest are members of the genus Lethocerus, which can exceed 4.75 in (12 cm) and nearly reach the length of some of the larger beetles in the world. Giant water bugs are a popular food in parts of southeast Asia.
The picture shows a male with eggs on its back.

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