The Giant Water Bug is an aggressive predator of fresh water. It is also commonly called a “toe-biter” (guess why). While they primarily live in ponds, lakes, and streams Giant Water Bugs will occasionally leave the water to fly around light sources at night. Some people who see these large insects buzzing around lamp posts at night often mistake them for cockroaches; of course, since we know that cochroaches actively avoid light, these people are morons.
Giant water bugs are not scavengers: they love to hunt. They are large enough to capture small fish, tadpoles, and snails. Giant water bugs first capture prey with their powerful legs. Once in their grasp prey are pierced with a pointed mouthpart, injected with a digestive enzyme that liquefies tissue, and sucked dry like a giant smoothie. Yum!