Subject:  Biting Dragonfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fussa, Japan
Date: 07/14/2018
Time: 02:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this big insect at church today. A Japanese man told me they call it a dragonfly and that it bites.
How you want your letter signed:  Ms. Beth

Dobsonfly: Protohermes grandis

Dear Ms. Beth,
This is not a Dragonfly.  It is a Dobsonfly or Fishfly in the family Corydalidae, and females have formidable mandibles that might even draw blood if they bite, but they are not considered dangerous.  We believe we identified the species as
 Protohermes grandis on The Royal Society Publishing site.  We verified that on Minden Pictures.

Location: Fussa, Japan

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