Ed. Note: August 7, 2011
Please do not submit photos to our website that you do not have permission to use. We do not tolerate copyright infringement.
Crazy Big Bug
Location: Killeen, TX
January 29, 2011 10:59 pm
Well I woke up to go to work one day aroung 5:30 am, and this bug was on the outside wall next to my door. This was back in November, it was pretty cold then so I was really surprised to see this guy just chillin on my wall.
That male Dobsonfly is sure a handful. Though we are quite certain this image will give some of our website visitors nightmares, the male Dobsonfly is quite harmless as those incredible mandibles are useless for biting. Though the female Dobsonfly is also harmless, her more utilitarian mandibles might deliver a painful pinch if she is carelessly handled. The larvae of the Dobsonfly are known as Hellgrammites, and they are a favored bait for freshwater fishermen.
Hey Daniel, I really appreciate you getting back to me with this bug. When I told people about it no one believed me. Thanks again for the help!
Update: August 7, 2011
We just learned today that the image that was submitted with this letter was not taken by X-soldier. This image was taken by Jo Ann Poe-McGavin in 2008 and it was posted on the Pennsylvania Wild website. At Jo Ann’s request, we have removed the image to avoid copyright infringement. See the attached comments for additional information.
Copyright violation & log in
August 7, 2011 9:15 am
The Dobson Fly male photo on:
Posted by x-soldier was actually taken by me in 2008 and the copyright notice on the photo was removed-I have the original on file with the original EXIF data
I would like the senders information to inform them of copyright violation
also your website does not allow log in
The information was give to you was false as well. This photo was taken in 2008 in Pennsylvania.
Signature: Jo Ann Poe-McGavin
Dear Jo Ann,
We apologize for this copyright infringement. We were not aware that the image was not taken by x-soldier. For the record, we did not remove the copyright. We are attaching the original file that we downloaded before we cropped and resized it.
The image will be immediately removed from What’s That Bug? Should you decide to allow us to continue to keep the photo posted on our site, we will provide an editor’s comment explaining the situation and we will give you full credit as well as linking to your site.
We want to reiterate that we did not pilfer this image from your site and then remove the copyright information. We do not know how x-soldier obtained the image.
Daniel Marlos, AKA the Bugman
P.S. We will try to locate the contact information for X-soldier and forward it to you, but we often delete emails.
I’m not sure how this image was pilfered or when-except that it might have downloaded from it’s post on my Deviant Art account or PAWild (my website) and someone-not you-removed the copyright info-I’ve been finding this photo on many sites in this condition posted by numerous people and they provide false information. Each gives a different name and date when it was taken and where. Sigh…..
I don’t mind your site using it if the proper info is given. Credit, date, etc. Corydalus cornutus – Eastern Dobsonfly Male July 10 2008 Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania
I am attaching the photo as it appears on my website and how it should be.
If you can’t find the info on the sender-that’s okay-more than likely they will deny everything-as usual.
Thanks for your time on this
Thanks Jo Ann,
We have returned the photo to the posting along with much of our dialog.
That’s just fine-and way more than I expected.
I apologize for not writing back sooner but due to someone calling with a Rattlesnake in their yard and a minor health problem-I wasn’t able to answer until now.
Thank-you for fixing it up. :3
I think you’re website is awesome-I have looked at it many times-especially while looking for the caterpillar that stung me-Saddlebacks and the like. I am also fascinated by the related species posted from other countries.
Just curious did the other one listed below come from the same IP? I’m not sure why someone would go through such trouble to post someone else’s photo and ask for information when most people can take their own photo. I get sent some pretty bad photos of snakes (and drawings-classic-I love them) but I can still ID them. Nothing people try to ID is worthless if they found it.
BTW-more than likely you’ll never hear from the poster again. If you do-I’d love to see what they post.
Hi again Jo Ann,
Since our staff is divided between editorial and technical, and since we get such a large number of requests, the person who responds to the emails doesn’t really monitor the IP addresses. We do have some frequent contributors though, but they submit their own photographs. The monitoring of internet piracy can really become a fulltime job that our small staff does not have the luxury of employing. We actually get our share of drawings and we try to post the most amusing ones. That reminds us that we just received a drawing that we believe is a Robber Fly, and though we responded, we did not have the time to post it. We may try to hunt that one down and do it now. Had the internet been around before Daniel fled Youngstown, Ohio on the Pennsylvania border in the late 1970s, he probably would have been a frequent user of your site.