What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Mantis-like
Location: Potomac Maryland
June 7, 2015 3:38 pm
We encountered this insect on walk near the Potomac river in Maryland. At first we thought it was a Praying Mantis, but looking at the photograph we are not certain.
Your help appreciated.
Signature: Curious in MD

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Curious in MD,
This amazing insect is a male Dobsonfly, who despite his fearsome looking mandibles, is perfectly harmless.  We will be setting your submission to go live to our site in mid-June while we are out of the office for a spell.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Potomac, Maryland

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