Subject:  Scary bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 09/02/2017
Time: 06:27 PM EDT
We saw this on our back porch and tried to identify it on the internet. The closest we found was a dobsonfly, but our bug has fuzzy legs and mandibles and clear wings and none of the photos on the internet show this.
How you want your letter signed:  Kim


Hi Kim,
We feel quite confident that your harmless Antlion is
Vella americana based on its visual resemblance to the individual in this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “very large–wingspan to circa 125 mm, body length circa 50 mm.”

Location: Florida

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