What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Dayton, Ohio

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