|Giant Water Bug feeding on a small goldfish|
I want to use them in a couple of programs over the summer - I am doing several programs on animal appearances for the Chippewa River District Library Summer Reading Program.
Also, they are just incredibly cool! An insect that can eat fish and tadpoles ( and even turtles)! That can be kept alive for a year or longer and doesn't take much work other than feeding it and changing its water once in a while. And can grow to be over 2 inches long!
Sounds like a fun animal to keep as a pet.
In the picture above, my Giant Water Bug is busy eating. To learn more about how they eat check out this post from 2010 (Christine Goforth is an entomologist who blogs at thedragonflywoman.com and also for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences).