Planet of the Arthropods


Giant Water Bug
Abedus sp.

This predacious "true bug" feeds on aquatic invertebrates and small fish. It pierces its prey with beak-like mouth parts and ingests the body fluids. Females of some species lay clusters of eggs on the backs of males who will protect them from predators.

Captive Specimens
Cincinnati Zoo
Cincinnati, Ohio




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