I took this picture this morning on May 11, 2004 at 8 am. We had 3 of these bugs on our screen door. I have searched online for an answer and came up with nothing. These bugs were about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, in the picture you can see my 9 year old daughter’s fingers to compare size. We live in New Jersey.
Hi Lori, You have a female Dobsonfly. The males have much larger jaws. Adults can get considerably larger than your specimen. We have an entire page devoted to them on the www.whatsthatbug.com website. Just click the dobsonfly link on the left side of the page in the alphabatized list for more information.
Thank you very much for clearing this up for me. I had no idea what this was. Thanks for replying so quickly!