lantern fly?
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 7:56 PM
I found this weird bug outside by the light on the side of my house in the appalachian foothills of NC. We live out in the country and see some strange bugs/moths, but this is super weird!! Any thoughts?
Sarah
Nebo, NC

Dobsonfly

Dobsonfly

Hi Sarah,
This is a Dobsonfly, and it is one of our most common summer insect ID requests.  It appears that your specimen is a female, though the angle does not allow us to fully view the mandibles.  the mandibles of the male Dobsonfly are much longer and formidable looking, though the female is more inclined to bite.  Though the bite may pinch, it is harmless.  A few days ago we received another image of a Dobsonfly, but have not managed to post it yet.  Perhaps we will hunt for it now.

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