Insect and Bug ID forum: Some kind of locust?

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Jul 10, 2015 1:10 PM CST
This fellow is almost dead. On close inspection it looks similar to a locust, but I haven't seen one like this before! The wings underneath the ones you see look like they're made of onion skin paper - see through white. Its a cool looking bug, for sure.
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Donald
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 11, 2015 5:57 AM CST
I think this is a Giant Water Bug in the subfamily Lethocerinae, possibly in the genus Benacus ..

http://bugguide.net/node/view/850733/bgpage

http://bugguide.net/node/view/17559/bgpage

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
Jul 11, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Looking closer, the front legs appear to be banded, look at Lethocerus medius ..

http://bugguide.net/node/view/1077566/bgpage
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Jul 14, 2015 6:42 PM CST
It also looks like Belostomatidae which I found using the references you provided. They all seem similar. Probably attracted to parking lot lights after all the rain we had. It wasn't too far from a stream. I can't tell which one specifically since the photos all look very similar to the one I picked up. The habits of all also seem similar. Glad it didn't bite me. On the one above it says it delivers one of the most excruciatingly painful bites in the insect world. Cool looking bug, but I'd rather not experience the bite. Thanks Janet @JRsbugs!
Donald
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
Jul 15, 2015 3:11 AM CST
You're welcome Donald. I tip my hat to you.

Water beetles do fly from one water source to another in order to lay eggs, and some are attracted to night lights.

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