insect migration

Unprecedented Sighting of Giant Water Bug in Cyprus

The giant water bug, known as the toebiter, has been spotted for the first time in Cyprus, raising scientific interest in its impact on the local ecosystem. This unexpected sighting underscores the importance of citizen science in detecting species migration and calls for further research into the insect’s behavior and potential establishment on the island.

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Understanding the Gentle Giant: The Giant Water Bug in Cyprus

The recently discovered Giant Water Bug in Cyprus, Lethocerus patruelis, feeds on aquatic arthropods, tadpoles, and small fish, playing a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem balance. Contrary to misconceptions, they do not pose a threat to humans and do not bite human toes, as confirmed by researchers from the Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute.

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