Location: North East, Maryland
July 22, 2011 11:45 am
Summer time, about 95 degrees out on a clear day and this beast was waiting for me outside my door in the morning. It’s nearly 3” long from teeth to end of wings and it looked to have 6 legs. Unknown what under the wings looks like. With a jaw like that I didn’t bother to press my luck!
This is a female Dobsonfly, and while she has no venom or poison, you are probably correct that a bite might hurt and possibly even draw blood. The male of the species has even more impressive mandibles, however, they are not designed for biting as those of the female are designed.