Subject: Scary bug
Geographic location of the bug: Central Florida
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
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.”