Subject: This Thing Looks Like Flying Death
Geographic location of the bug: Chapel Hill NC US
Time: 03:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi! I have lived here my whole life and have never seen anything like this. From a distance I thought it was a brown praying mantis or a huge leaf insect/moth, but it is not and I Am Scared. Thanks!!
How you want your letter signed: Liz C
This is a female Dobsonfly, and though her mandibles might produce a painful pinch, she is harmless. In the interest of your mental well-being and your ability to sleep peacefully at night, we believe you should be thankful you did not encounter a male Dobsonfly, though his mandibles are all for show.