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Large winged moth like thing with big pincery bits
Jul 11, 2009
Large winged moth like thing with big pincery bits
This is Arnold, who is larger than the palm of my hand and turned up every night at about 8pm when it was dark and the light was on, and seemed to really like landing on me. The pincery bits don’t appear to be mandibles, and are quite hard to the touch. Arnold brought his wife along one night, and she lacked the pincers. I have never seen anything like this, and would love to know what you think!
Leigh McIvor
Cloud Forest, 2000m.a.s North Western Ecuador

Male Dobsonfly Fly from Ecuador

Male Dobsonfly Fly from Ecuador

Hi Leigh,
Arnold is a male Dobsonfly.  Though we are uncertain of the exact species in Ecuador, it seems that Dobsonflies from around the world are quite easily identified.  Your photo showing the spread wings is quite impressive.

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