what in the world is this? I found it and many others attached to some cattle that were being moved to a feed lot in KS. About 4 inches long, mean and smelled like rotten flesh. So stong in fact it was gagable to sniff them.
We are usually innundated with requests to identify Dobsonflies from May through July. Your specimen is early. She is a female. We have never heard about the offensive smell you describe. Are you sure it wasn’t the cows?