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This little creature gave one of my customers a nasty bite. Can anyone tell me what it might be.





  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Looks like a water beetle of some sort. Does she have a pond?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538

    Looks like a cockroach. If its inside the house they need to be exterminated fast. Spray any one you can see with flykiller (raid etc) and phone the council, landlord, or rentokil for fumigation.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    It looks like a water beetle. How big is it? There's something called a Great Diving Beetle (this isn't it) that can eat small fish, so they do come with strong jaws.

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 980

    I don't think it is a water beetle. If you look closely it would appear to have wings (I think)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,996

    I don't think it's a great diving beetle but water beetles do have wings and they do fly. With those long back legs I wonder if it's a water boatman, usually seen the other way up in water

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538

    have you got a face on view? Where was it found? How big is it?

  • XX Posts: 707

    It bit him outside and he felt it, shook his shirt and it flew into the window.  Originally it was outside, no pond near, it was about 3/4" body length and didn't stay still for long hence quick photo.

  • XX Posts: 707

    Must admit from googling it has the shape of a cockroach but doesn't have the antennae.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Nope, the legs are wrong for a cockroach. Their legs are spiny.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I'm not sure it's a beetle at all - the definition is that they have wing cases covering the wings, but these wings look like they are on the outside.  Also the eyes are rather large, suggesting a wasp, bee or fly of some kind.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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