Subject: Long flying critter
Location: Columbus Ohio
May 29, 2014 7:35 pm
We keep finding this guy on our screen in the morning, near our outdoor light that burns all night. At some point in the day, it flies away. The underside just looks like a caterpillar with wings. This is Ohio, and it is late May. The wings are not quite clear, but fairly translucent as you can see in the picture. He’s not bothering us, but I don’t want to harbor a critter that may be eating my plants when I’m not looking!
While this female Dobsonfly is an impressive creature, the male Dobsonfly, with his scimitar shaped mandibles is even more memorable. Dobsonflies do not feed as adults, and the semiaquatic larvae, known as Hellgrammites, are often found near bodies of water. Dobsonflies will not harm your plants.