What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  This Thing Looks Like Flying Death
Geographic location of the bug:  Chapel Hill NC US
Date: 06/07/2019
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

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Liz,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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