June 28, 2010
This bug was near our front entrance on our home. We found it curious enough to snap a few pics. My wife and I have never seen one like this in our region and we have both lived in this rural home for nearly 20 years. I grew up very nearby and it is my curiosity that makes me wonder why it is here.
Any assitance appreciated.
Curt in California
Your visitor is a Gray Fishfly in the genus Neohermes, probably Neohermes californica. That species is commonly called a California Dobsonfly. You can read a bit more on BugGuide. This should be a local insect for you.