4.5” Long flying bug with large pincers
Location: Enola, PA
June 30, 2011 7:15 pm
I found this beauty on my shed door after mowing my yard on June 25th. I’m in central PA. I’ve lived here 11 years and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I got very close to it and it kept turning it’s head to look at me when I was photographing it, but never attempted to flee or bite.
Signature: Gary Manis
We knew what insect you wanted identified by your subject line before even viewing the photos. Dobsonflies are one of our most frequently asked summer identification requests. This beauty is a male who may be distinguished by the mandibles. We wonder what injury resulted in the broken right mandible.