This insect, which is the largest of the true bugs, can be found in shallow freshwater lakes, streams, ponds and pools. I found one doing laps in my pool last summer while I was vacuuming it out. I didn't stick around to play with it, as these critters can have a powerful bite! Just so you know, I am scared of PLENTY of bugs! I just find that the more I learn about them, the less there is to fear.