WHAT IS THIS CREATURE??
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 6:59 AM
I saw this creature outside my job today. I work in Jamaica, Queens, NY — I
have never seen this bug anywhere before – EVER! I didn’t even try to google
it or anything — I just turned to you guys.
Its about 4″ long, with large wings covering its body up to its head. Its
got two bulging eyes that were looking right at me while I was taking its
picture. Let me tell you it knew I was there and it didn’t look happy! I
think it was hurt because it didn’t attack or fly away — it just kept
circling around to look at us. Its got two antennae and two very large
pincers near its jaws.
Please help identify this thing.
Oh, and just so you know, we didn’t kill it. My coworker and I got it to
climb onto a stick and we moved it off the sidewalk and onto a grassy patch
by the LIRR train station so it’d be safe. Thought you’d appreciate that.
Have a good one,
Pete from Brooklyn
Actually, from May through July, this is one of our most common identification requests. This is a male Dobsonfly, a perfectly harmless creature. The female Dobsonfly has much smaller, but considerably more formidable mandibles. The big mystery for us is why your email from nearly two years ago just entered our inbox today.