The Meanest Bug in California

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    Abedus indentatus - The Toe biter

    The nodes on his back are eggs.
    This photo is on Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_water_bug

    evaxebra, Pseudacris, taliesyn30, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. NoiseCollusion 116 months ago | reply


      Look at the my sucking piercing mouthpart!!!

    2. evaxebra 116 months ago | reply

      OK, so I totally didn't believe this picture because I was confused about the things on his back. I went to Wikipedia and I saw your pic LOL. That is one wierd bug! Eggs? On the back? And the most painful bug bite?? I never want to run into one EVER.

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      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    3. ~ Olive juice 115 months ago | reply

      gheeez. look at that fang. yikes! don't want that thing anywhere near my little piggies. I too thought you were trying to pull a fast one - the photo with the eggs looks exactly like a massager / exfoliator. But alas, your practically famous now! Wikipedia! whohoo! Did you take both photos? brave. I hope you used a zoom.

    4. NoiseCollusion 115 months ago | reply

      Thanks Guys! @Little, no I only too the eggy one.

    5. R Redak 71 months ago | reply

      Mr. Robinson,
      This is the only way I could find of contacting you, so here goes. My colleague, Professor Whitney Cranshaw (at Colorado State University) and I are writing a entomology text for the general public and non-science majors at the university level. The book itself is brand new, takes somewhat of new approach to entomology (how insects directly and indirectly affect people), and will be relatively affordable (ca US$40). The book will be published by Princeton University Press. We are now in the process of selecting images with which to illustrate the work. If at all possible we would like to include some of your images specifically those showing the toe biters on this page,. We are initially requesting simple permission to use your photos in the text. In return, we will provide you will with full photo credit and a copy of the book. If royalties are required, please let us know the details, such that we can consider that option as well. Thank you for your consideration.

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      Richard A. Redak
      Professor and Chair
      Department of Entomology
      University of California
      Riverside, CA 92521
      richard.redak (at) ucr.edu

    6. millward.m 6 months ago | reply

      I work for an educational publisher and wanted to let you know we are using this CCBY 2.0 photo in an upcoming book. Many thanks for sharing your talents.

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