Small Wonders - fisherwr2

Platter-full of freshly cooked giant water bugs for sale in an outdoor stall in Bangkok, Thailand, where they are considered a crunchy delicacy. Often they are crushed and added to spices to make a hot, spicy dippin' sauce for other foods like rice. These bugs are also known as "toe bitters" as swimmers in ponds and lakes know all too painfully. In some species the female deposits her eggs on the back of the male, who carries them around until they hatch. Some of these bugs are 4 inches long

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