Location: Baltimore, Maryland
July 19, 2011 8:48 am
We spotted this HUGE about –5 inches long — insect on the Johns Hopkins Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The date is July 19. No one has ever seen such a bug! We hope it did not escape from a lab.
We still have too many stinkbugs in MD! Thanks for your help.
Signature: Pma J
Dear Pma J,
You have encountered a male Dobsonfly, and it is a native local insect for you. The female has considerably smaller mandibles.
Thanks so much!
Everyone in the office is happy to know that it’s a local bug!
I’m glad that people left it alone.
People get so freaked out by a large insect.