Subject: Bug
Location: Dayton ohio
August 6, 2015 9:40 pm
My cousin found this bug on her wall it looks really big
Signature: Johnna shearer

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Johnna,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and you are correct that they are quite large as North American insects go.  Though Dobsonflies are not aggressive, the female has powerful mandibles and she might deliver a painful pinch, possibly even drawing blood, if she is carelessly handled, but the bite is not venomous and it will produce nothing more than a surface wound.  Male Dobsonflies have much more impressive looking mandibles, but they are not adapted to biting and they are no threat at all to humans.

Location: Dayton, Ohio

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