Ed. NOte: Summer Sightings
With summer here, we expect to be getting numerous identification requests for Dobsonflies. We thought this posting showing a beautiful male and female Dobsonfly from two different areas will help our readership identify this distinctive creature.
Location: Asheville NC
June 21, 2011 8:11 am
We saw this in Asheville NC on June 20. It was 3 – 4 inches long and on a fence post.
Please Identify our bug
Location: N. Ky.
June 21, 2011 10:32 am
This insect was found up inside of our umbrella. The body portion of the bug is almost as long as my pinky finger. This pic was taken in N. Kentucky, today, June 21, 2011. I have lived in Ky. my whole life and I cannot say that I have ever seen this before.
Signature: Marlene Shoemaker and kids
Dobsonflies are fascinating insects that display pronounced sexual dimorphism. The larger male also has significantly larger and differently shaped mandibles. Larval Dobsonflies are known as Hellgrammites.