Subject: Large slender bug with wings
Location: Lake Jackson Texas
March 23, 2016 12:24 pm
Hello from the Lone Star state!stepped outside this morning & seen this bug on the wall, about 1 3/4″ long & about 1/4″ wide, have never seen one like this before , so just curious… What is this strange looking bug? Thanks in advance!
Signature: Curious Rae
Dear Curious Rae,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and though she is considered harmless, she does have strong mandibles and carelessly handling her might result in a painful bite. Male Dobsonflies have much more formidable looking mandibles, but they are incapable of biting. The identification of Dobsonflies is one of our most common requests, and your submission is our first North American Dobsonfly submission this year. Most sightings occur in late spring and early summer.
Correction: Fishfly, NOT Dobsonfly
Thanks to a comment from Curious Girl, we realized we were too hasty in our identification. This is in fact a female Spring Fishfly, not a female Dobsonfly. Dobsonflies have more developed mandibles. According to BugGuide, the female Spring Fishfly has serrate antennae while the male has pectinate or feathery antennae.