This huge insect sometimes grows to be two or more inches in length. The giant water bug is a superb hunter, attacking and eating animals three times larger than itself, including tadpoles, fishes, frogs, very young ducks and other insects. It uses its strong front legs to grasp its prey while its beak is used to pierce, inject a poison and suck the victim's body juices. This true bug lives among plants at the bottom of the pond, although it is a strong flier and can often be found around lights at night. It does not have gills so it must make trips to the surface to get air. It breathes through the tip of its abdomen. The giant water bug is cooked in China and is considered to be a delicacy. Hold it from behind or the giant water bug might find you a delicacy too.
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