Subject: Is it a…moth?
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
July 15, 2014 9:45 pm
This was on a door at the Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Everyone said this is a moth, but it doesn’t look like any moth I’ve seen. What’s that bug?
This is a Fishfly in the family Corydalidae, however, your image lacks the necessary clarity to determine a more specific identification. The shape of the wings is a bit unusual, especially the tips. Our best guess is that this might be a California Dobsonfly, Neohermes californicus. Of particular note are the claspers at the tip of the abdomen, which matches the claspers on the abdomen of this individual on BugGuide.
I accidentally had uploaded the out-of-focus shot. Here’s the in focus version:
Does this help or change your thoughts about this being a California Dobsonfly?
Thanks for sending a sharper image, but we still can’t make out the details in the antennae that we would like to see.