Subject: Holy bug!
Location: Central Virginia
June 27, 2016 7:03 am
Hi, I just moved to the area and I have these large interesting bugs on my house. They look sort of dangerous. In the earlier stages, when they are smaller, they have pinchers but in the later stages the pinchers grow long and look more like stingers (see picture). Just wondering if these bugs are dangerous, since we have children. Thanks!
Signature: M Roberts
Dear M Roberts,
We just posted another image of a male Dobsonfly, a perfectly harmless insect. We believe that what you believe to be “earlier stages” is actually some other insect. Immature Dobsonflies, known as Hellgrammites, are wingless and also quite frightening looking, and they are generally found near water.
Thank you so much! That’s exactly what I have. Very helpful to know that they are harmless.