Subject: what is this??
Location: Burlington NC
May 7, 2014 2:41 pm
I have never seen this bug before. Any ideas? It’s spring time here, and it reminds me of a roach! They are congregating around our back door.
Signature: Carissa

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Hi Carissa,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and they generally attract attention because of their large size.  Though she may nip at you with her mandibles if she feels threatened, she is harmless.  We are intrigued that you indicate that “they are congregating around” which indicates they are possibly numerous, yet you did not submit an image of a much more impressive looking male Dobsonfly.  Dobsonflies are sexually dimorphic, meaning the sexes have obvious visual differences, and males have much more developed mandibles.  Despite his fierce appearance, a male Dobsonfly is also perfectly harmless, and while a female can deliver a pinch, there is no such worry with the male.

Location: Burlington, North Carolina

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