Subject: Mystery Bug of Peru
Location: Aguas Calientes, Peru
July 24, 2015 2:33 am
This is not the best lit picture in the world but myself and my friend found it at 4am in our hotel room in Aguas Calientes, Peru, before walking up to Machu Picchu. I had heard it flying around our room the night before and thought that a small bird or bat had got in! The bug was about the size of my hand (about 15cm) and we found it on July 11th. I asked my Peruvian tour guide if he knew what it was but he shook his head in terror and swore in Peruvian. It remains a mystery…
This South American Dobsonfly has relatives in North America that are also quite large. Despite his fierce appearance, this male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless as his mandibles are not designed to bite.