Sarasota News Leader

04/05/2013

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ASK OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Siesta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of nature's secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to askotus@sarasotanewsleader.com. Thank you. GIANT WATER BUGS PROVE TO HAVE A FASCINATING STORY Dear Otus, ed to take it back to Munich and show it off to his schoolmates, but as he started to pick My family is visiting us from Germany and my grandson, Franz, loves photographing the it up it started moving and he didn't want to myriad bugs we have around Sarasota. I am hurt it. He took a ruler and measured it. It was almost 3 inches long. sending you one of his beautiful photos. A couple of weeks ago we came home and I sent the photo to What's That Bug? but havthere was this huge bug lying dead on our con- en't heard back from them and thought maybe you might know what it is. do's walkway right by our front door. We've Proud Grandmother in Sarasota never seen anything bigger. Franz really want- A Giant Water Bug. Photo courtesy of Franz from Munich

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