very strange pincher beetle that flies!
Location: front porch in Missouri
June 18, 2011 11:27 am
Dear Bugman,
We found this strange and unusual bug on my front porch. Its about a good 3 to 4 inches. Long pinchers and has wings. We are having trouble to identify this strange bug. Can you help?
Signature: Lindsey

Male Dobsonfly

Hi Lindsey,
Because of its large size and exaggerated mandibles, the male Dobsonfly is probably responsible for uncountable nightmares, though he is perfectly harmless.  The females and aptly named larval Hellgrammites might also keep folks awake at night, and though females and larvae may bite, they are not considered dangerous.

Location: Missouri

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