Subject: Giant flying ant insect
Location: Brazil, Estate of Minas Gerais, Betim city
December 21, 2012 5:36 pm
Hi WTB, this is my first post in this website, I really enjoy seeing and reading it. Could you help me out with this insect? I believe it belongs to the Neuroptera order. Thanks!
Signature: Ítalo Alves – Byologist – Pontifícia Universidade Católica – PUC
This is a female Dobsonfly, and though we don’t know what species you have in Brazil, it looks very similar to the Eastern Dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus, found in North America. Interestingly, we just posted a photo of a male Dobsonfly from Panama. Males have much more exaggerated mandibles, and this sexual dimorphism is extremely pronounced. Dobsonflies are classified in the insect order Megaloptera, but we believe prior to taxonomic changes, they were classified as Neuropterans.