I have a giant water bug for you all this week!
That’s a Lethocerus uhleri nymph, a very large giant water bug common in North Carolina. This particular individual was only an inch long when I scooped it out of the pond at work, but it was still a baby. They get quite a bit larger before becoming adults! I like the way that they looked wholly menacing, even as young’ins. :)
It’s been cold in Raleigh recently (it’s supposed to dip below zero tomorrow!), so I’m missing my aquatics. Stay warm, everyone!