giant waterbug
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Science.

When it comes to creatures you’re not familiar with, it’s best to perhaps leave them alone.

Take the below video – uploaded by a Youtube user who says: “I found this bug outside of our classroom in India and brought it inside. The security guard told me that it doesn’t fly…”

Can you guess what happens at the end? The screams of those in attendance are classic – but as one Reddit commenter points out, well warranted too.

“Dear god…. quote from wikipedia:
“They have also been found to capture and feed on baby turtles and water snakes.[1] They often lie motionless at the bottom of a body of water, attached to various objects, where they wait for prey to come near. They then strike, injecting a powerful digestive saliva with their rostrum, and sucking out the liquefied remains. Their bite is considered one of the most painful that can be inflicted by any insect (the Schmidt sting pain index excludes insects other than Hymenoptera), however, though excruciatingly painful, it is of no medical significance.

Yikes.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Daniel Baskin

    I have been stung by a very colorful green one in my swimmingpool, it was about half that size and it HURT SO BAD!!!!!!