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Giant water bug

Tettigoniidae

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 2 - 2 1/2 inches long

Description: Olive brown insect with claw-like front legs.

Where/When: Found from May to August in shallow ponds and lakes; is also attracted to lights and can be found in yards, parking lots and around recreational fields.

Significance: Is a predator of insects; if mishandled can "jab" you to defend itself.

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