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identification
Hello,
We just found this bug on our loading dock. Its total length must be at least 3-4 inches. I think some of our interns were sufficiently freaked out upon first glance. Could you tell me what kind of insect this is (see attached image)? I do not think I have ever come across a bug like this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Jamie
James W. Draper
Registrar
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Grand Rapids, MI

Hi Jamie,
This is a male Dobsonfly. He is harmless. We had two photos on our homepage at the time you wrote in, including the Bug of the Month for June. We can’t imagine how you missed identifying the Dobsonfly yourself.

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