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Subject: Creepy
Location: North Central Texas
August 10, 2016 3:33 pm
The Bug? flew in and landed on the column at the lake house!
No one that has seen pictures have ever seen anything like it.
Signature: Karen

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Karen,
This is a harmless male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.  Back in 2006, a posting of a male Dobsonfly became our first Bug of the Month, a website feature we have continued every month since then.  

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

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Subject: Strange fly in resort
Location: Florida
August 1, 2016 6:24 am
We are in Orlando, Fl and we found this bug in our resort and my son is very interested in creepy crawlies much to my dismay and he would like to know what it is!
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Female Summer Fishfly

Female Summer Fishfly

Dear Doesn’t matter,
By comparing your image to this BugGuide image, you can see you have submitted an image of a Summer Fishfly,
Chauliodes pectinicornis. 

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Subject: What is this scary thing?
Location: West cape may
July 30, 2016 10:44 am
This picture was taken in west cape may today.
Signature: Lynda

Male Summer Fishfly

Male Summer Fishfly

Dear Lynda,
This looks like a harmless male Summer Fishfly to us.

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Subject: Moth-like looking insect with pitcher-like antenne
Location: McNeill, Mississippi
July 15, 2016 12:49 pm
I Have NEVER seen any insect like this one on my porch right now. I have lived in the South my entire life. What is IT?!!! When I go near it, it points it’s pincher looking antenne towards me in defense!!! It is about 3-4 inches long!
Signature: Shantell L.

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Shantell,
This is a male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.

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Subject: Big bug
Location: Sanford, Maine
July 14, 2016 5:11 pm
I work at a local YMCA and some kiddos found this dude just hanging out on the side of a storage shed. Middle of the morning, really hot ouside, just happened today! I didn’t see him moving at all.. came back a couple of hours later to take another pic and he was only moved slightly. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Ashleigh Slowik

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Ashleigh,
This is a male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.

Thanks for letting me know. What do they do? I can’t believe I’ve never seen one before in my life.. pretty crazy looking.

Dobsonflies are generally found not far from a source of water.  The larval Hellgrammites are used as bait by anglers.  Adult Dobsonflies do not eat, living long enough to mate and produce a new generation.  Male Dobsonflies have impressive mandibles that are ineffective in terms of biting to defend themselves, while female Dobsonflies have more utilitarian mandibles that could produce a pinching bite if carelessly handled, but they are still considered harmless toward humans.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Ohio
July 7, 2016 12:32 pm
I found this on a golf course green while working and I never have seen one before, it was pretty big and was looking up at me when I got close to it.
Signature: Stin

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Stin,
This is a male Dobsonfly, and despite his fearsome appearance, he is perfectly harmless.

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