I received this two-in-one picture on Whatsapp a few days back—a badly injured hand juxtaposed with an insect.
The insect appeared harmless to me. Somehow, I couldn’t believe that it was capable of injuring a human being to this extent.
The text message that accompanied the message warned the reader never to kill this insect with bare hands as it contains a virus that spreads all over the body in just a few minutes.
Now doesn’t that smell of hoax?
The Insect – Giant Water Bug
Yes, that’s the name of the “new killer insect”—giant water bug.
Nobody in their right minds would fall in love with it at first sight, but it is definitely an interesting creature.
- It is a resident of the United States and Southern Canada
- It is a predator that hunts and eats pests such as mosquitoes in water.
- It hides behind water plants so that it can catch hold of delicious snacks such as bugs and small fish.
- It has a sharp beak, which it uses to inject a poison into the prey.
- This poison performs two actions—paralyses the prey and liquefies it, making it easier (and tastier I guess) to munch on.
- Don’t underestimate the giant water bug as it can catch and eat prey that is 50 times larger than it.
- It is fond of light, so you with find it under porch lights and street lights.
- Since it has a nasty habit of biting people’s toes, it is also called “toe biter.”
A giant water bug bite can lead to pain and swelling for around two weeks, but it won’t kill you. And your hand definitely won’t become like the hand in the picture.
Male giant water bugs are great dads who carry the eggs on their backs till they hatch. However, daddy makes extra sure that the babies are really his.
He insists that the female stay with him for up to six hours and copulate with him up to fifty times to make absolutely sure that the babies are his.
And one can’t blame him for having such an attitude as he needs to carry the eggs on his back not only to keep them oxygenated and moist, but also to protect them from female giant water bugs that like to eat them.
Oh, that’s nothing to worry about! It is just a makeup trick shared on YouTube by QUEENKINGSFX. You can check it out for yourself.
On the other hand, if you have trypophobia (fear of holes), you had better not watch that video.