Lethocerus patruelis

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Lethocerus patruelis
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Lethocerus patruelis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Belostomatidae
Genus: Lethocerus
Species: L. patruelis
Binomial name
Lethocerus patruelis
(Stål, 1854)

Belostoma patruele

Lethocerus patruelis is a giant water bug in the family Belostomatidae. It is native to southeastern Europe, through Southwest Asia, to Pakistan, India and Burma.[1] It is the largest European true bug and aquatic insect.[2] Adult females are typically 7–8 cm (2.8–3.1 in) long, while the adult males are 6–7 cm (2.4–2.8 in).[1]


  1. ^ a b Perez-Goodwyn, P. J. (2006). Taxonomic revision of the subfamily Lethocerinae Lauck & Menke (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae)". Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) 695: 1–71.
  2. ^ Grozeva, Snejana; Kuznetsova, Valentina; Simov, Nikolay; Langourov, Mario; Dalakchieva, Svetla (2013). "Sex chromosome pre-reduction in male meiosis of Lethocerus patruelis (Stål, 1854) (Heteroptera, Belostomatidae) with some notes on the distribution of the species". ZooKeys. 319: 119–135. doi:10.3897/zookeys.319.4384. ISSN 1313-2970. PMC 3764518. PMID 24039515.