I saw this guy in Ottawa ON. It’s about 3 inches long, brownish-grey coloured, with large wings that cover the top of its body. It was by itself. At first i thought its front legs were pincers. Later i saw a couple more of them all on concrete outside of the movie theatre. This one was on the door trying to get in.
It is a giant water bug that is trying to get into see the movies. Perhaps wants to star in an insect horror movie?!
These insects are attracted to lights, so that is probably why they were there. They live in clear freshwater streams and ponds and like to cling to cattails. The front legs do kind of look like pincers but it is the mouth parts that can bite. It does hurt for a short time. This fall I was bitten by the small water bug and it hurt!
The adults use those large front legs to catch their prey, feeding on aquatic insects as well as small fish, tadpoles and the like. They pierce their prey with their sharp beak and secrete enzymes that dissolve the body tissues, then suck up the resulting liquid. The young nymphs feed on aquatic insects.
They are neat strange looking critters. Would love to see one again…been a while.