Subject: Lucifer fly?
Location: NE Oklahoma
June 23, 2012 6:06 pm
We found this fly in Northeast Oklahoma this week (6/2012). It is about 3 inches long. We were told it was a Lucifer fly. Is that correct?
We have never heard the term Luciferfly, but some common insect names are very local in their usage. This may be a name for the Dobsonfly, the insect photo that you submitted, that is limited to your location in Oklahoma. We do think it is a fitting name for an insect whose larva is known as a Hellgrammite, a name we have never had much luck with determining the origin. Your female Dobsonfly doesn’t have anywhere near the impressive mandibles of the male Dobsonfly.