Subject: Lizard With Wings?
Location: Chesapeake, VA
May 16, 2013 1:27 pm
I found this bug in a rain puddle after a storm in Chesapeake, VA on April 28, 2012. It was mostly lifeless. It clung weakly to the stick I used to pick it up and set it on a pipe out of the puddle. It’s head and neck seemed more like a gecko or lizard than a bug. It had long straight antennae, multiple stick legs, and two sets of wings – one set was lace-like and one was thin with veins.
I’ve been wondering what it was for over a year…finally got around to posting to your site.
I know the pics aren’t that great, but I’m hoping they’re good enough for an identification.
Thanks for all you do. Hope you find the little guy as interesting as I did.
Signature: Bonner C

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Bonner,
Your subject line really caught our attention.  We couldn’t imagine which insect would look like a “lizard with wings” but after seeing your photograph, we fully understand why you might make that comparison to this female Dobsonfly.  We wonder what you would think of the sexually dimorphic male Dobsonfly or the larval form which is called a Hellgrammite.

Thanks so much for the identification.
I would have never thought to look in that section for my bug.
Bonner C

Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

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