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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Live Backyard Monster at ECHO

If you like the giant robotic insects in ECHO's Backyard Monsters exhibit, come see a new, live backyard monster that you might encounter where you live! ECHO's newest arrival, the Giant Water Bug, also known as the "Toe Biter", is one of the largest insects in the U.S. "Toe Biters" consume other insects, small fish, amphibians and apparently have a reputation for taking a stab at toes. They pierce their prey with their sharp beaks and secrete enzymes that break down their prey's body tissue, which is then slurped up by the giant water bug.

The Giant water bug is on display in the Animal Care Room at ECHO. You might also cross paths with this alarmingly gigantic bug when Brian or Tessa, ECHO's Animal Care specialists, might take him out to lunch during Animal Encounters that take place daily at 10:30AM and 3:00PM. Not to worry, if you sit in on one of these encounters, we'll bring a food item for the Toe Biter, we won't ask for anyone's toes.

1 comment:

  1. The larvae of these guys are equally as 'terrifying'!