Subject: What’s this bug?
June 8, 2015 1:28 am
Hi! I found this wicked-looking bug that freaked my cousin out quite a bit. It looks vaguely ominous, so I trapped it in a jar (with breathing holes!) until I could do more research. I’ll set it free tomorrow. I think it may be a female dobsonfly…? I’m not sure.
This is an insect in the order Megaloptera, and we matched your individual to an image on BugGuide that is identified as Neohermes californicus. There is no common name according to BugGuide, but Charles Hogue’s marvelous book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin calls it a California Dobsonfly.
Thank you so, so much!
Khephra Owl, Department of Mysteries, Order of Merlin, First Class