Home Range: Northern U.S. and Canada
Habitat: Lives in freshwater ponds and slow moving streams
Wild Diet: Will eat any small animal they can handle: other insects, tadpoles, salamanders, aquatic invertebrates, and small frogs and fish
Life Span: Can live for over 1 year
Interesting Facts: Despite spending much of its life underwater, the giant water bug needs air to breathe.  It has two appendages on its hind end that form a breathing tube when held together and it sticks this tube out of the water to breathe while waiting for prey. When not underwater, the giant water bug breathes through small holes in its abdomen called spiracles.