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10 of the largest insects in the world

Giant Water Bug

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Giant water bug

These enormous insects, also known as toe-biters and alligator ticks, can reach lengths rivaling some of the largest beetles in the world.

Known as voracious predators in the streams and ponds where they live, giant water bugs can deliver a painful bite (thus the nickname "toe-biters").

Nonetheless, in Thailand they are considered good eating, and are often attracted, harvested and collected using black lights which draws in the insects.