California Dobsonfly

Subject: What in the world is this bug?
Location: Bella vista, ca
June 6, 2016 9:08 am
This bug was just sitting on the wall for about a week not moving, then suddenly flew away.
Signature: Laura Merrill

California Dobsonfly
California Dobsonfly

Dear Laura,
Though it is commonly called a California Dobsonfly,
Neohermes californicus is actually a related Fishfly in a distinct subfamily.  According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “This is a stream-loving species … it is common in higher elevations.”  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.

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