Subject: What the heck is this??
Location: Auburn Alabama
October 30, 2012 2:54 pm
I saw this bug in a state park and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t scare the crap out of me. The body was somewhere between 5-6 inches long but with those massive pincher things, ~ 10 inches long! I was huge, but never moved.
Signature: Lauren

Male Dobsonfly

Hi Lauren,
We suspect that this photo of a male Dobsonfly was not taken recently, and more likely than not it was taken earlier in the year, during the summer, since most of our Dobsonfly identification requests come between May and August.  Dobsonflies are perfectly harmless, though females, which have considerably smaller mandibles, might bite in defense.  The mandibles of the male, though impressive, are not designed for biting.

Location: Alabama

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