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    Any bug experts out there?

    Killed this 'little' bugger last night trying to sneak into the building when I went out for a smoke... the thing is like almost 3 inches long!

    Anybody have a clue what the heck it is? Besides being one ugly looking thing!

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    omg is that not a wood louse comes in usually from lumber yards from other countries
    Words always stay inside ones soul

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    Google images thinks it's from the family froghoppers or spittlebugs, possibly a meadow spittlebug, but they shouldn't be that big - more like 5-7 mm.

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    The wood louse looks different - all species are segmented across the body like this:

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    this 'little' bugger last night trying to sneak into the building
    Whatever it was, sounds like it had boundary issues.
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    "Just looks like a big ass cockroach to me." - your friendly Australian representative

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    Ah yes... cockroachus buttocks in latin.

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    Thanks everyone, especially gooblax since your suggestion led me to google big cockroach and think I identified this guy (or gal)
    It seems to be a
    Giant Water Bug, Lethocerus americanus or Toe-Biter as they can deliver a painful bite to a foot dangling off a dock. Lives in water and can fly too to get from one water source to the other. These guys are quite predatorial.

    This big ugly thing made the mistake of being in the wrong place (trying to sneak into my building) at the wrong time (when my foot swept it onto it's back) And a small rock finished it off without squishing him so I could take a picture.
    Gary

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    painful bite to a foot dangling off a dock...
    These guys are quite predatorial
    I, too, read they bite people quite painfully and even reportedly have occasionally killed small birds.

    They are in the US, too, in case you were planning on crossing the border for relief
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Any bug experts out there?

    Well, at least we can prepare for the cockroach uprising, now that we know where its attack squadron training camp is.

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