Re: NANFA-L-- Freshwater stings
Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:05:28 -0600

Yes, I was handling it, and yes, I did drop it immediately! Those piercing
mouthparts are effective.

That was much earlier in my career. Live and learn!
Steve Haslouer
Environmental Scientist III
Bureau of Environmental Field Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430
Topeka, KS 66612-1367

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Actually, many aquatic true bugs "sting," with the needlelike mouth,
but normally one would have to handle the bug to be stung, it would be
a single sting, and the victim would drop the bug immediately. I know,
from experience with this on several occasions -- belostomatics,
naucorids, and nepids are all very painful -- like a hornet stink.

David L. McNeely, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Langston University; P.O. Box 1500
Langston, OK 73050; email:
telephone: (405) 466-6025; fax: 405) 466-3307
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