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Bug ID please
Location: Arrowhead Lake, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
January 3, 2011 11:55 pm
Hello! this is the scariest looking bug I’ve ever seen. I saw him on the siding of a building in the woods in Pennsylvania, in the Pocono mountains. i would appreciate it if you could help in identifying him. Thank you very much,
Wendy
Signature: Wendy

Female Dobsonfly

Hi Wendy,
We often write that Dobsonflies are harmless, but it is possible that a female might deliver a painful bite that may even draw blood.  This female is in an effective threat position and we would have to agree with you that she is quite frightening.  The male Dobsonfly with his saber-like mandibles is even more frightening, but whereas the female actually has mandibles capable of biting, the mandibles of the male are perfectly harmless to humans.

Wow! Thank you so very much! So exciting to get a response/id from you
and so quickly too! Appreciate it very much,
Wendy

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Pennsylvania

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