What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

looks like a Hollywood creation…
Location: Maryland
July 10, 2011 8:37 pm
Found July 10th in Maryland, USA.
Signature: BK

Female Dobsonfly

Hi BK,
Hollywood frequently turns to nature for inspiration, and we have no doubts that characteristics of this female Dobsonfly, and those of her sexually dimorphic mate, have inspired some science fiction creation.

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

2 Responses to Female Dobsonfly

  1. kfbdiver says:

    THANKS FOR THE GREAT PICTURE HELPING ME TO FINALLY REALIZE THAT THIS IS THE FEMALE! I SAVED ONE TWO WEEKS AGO FROM A SPIDER WEB AND SPENT A HALF HOUR ‘SURGICALLY’ REMOVING WEBBING FROM THREE OF HER LEGS AND MOUTH. THERE ARE ALSO TWO OTHER SETS OF MANDIBLES BEHIND HER TWO LARGE MAIN ONES! REWARDING EXPERIENCE — AT ONE POINT SHE FINALLY STOPPED PANICKING AND JUST LOOKED AT ME FOR A LONG MINUTE. REMOVED ALL BUT A TINY BIT IN HER LAST SET OF MANDIBLES; LEFT HER IN QUIET AREA TO ALLOW HER TO RECOVER. NEXT MORNING RELEASED HER AND GOT ONE PICTURE. WAS THRILLED TO SEE HER AGAIN TWO DAYS LATER AND SAW HER WINGS HAD GOTTEN DARKER AND SHE LOOKED GREAT!

    • bugman says:

      Dear kfbdiver,
      Thank you for such a wonderful chronicle of a thrilling insect rescue, though we fear a lucky spider was robbed of its prey, and we can imagine how large and fecund one of the Orbweavers might have become on that meal.

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