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Subject: Is this a moth or bee
Location: New Jersey
May 2, 2017 2:09 am
This insect was on my screen door. He never left the whole day. We actually thought it was dead but it left later in the day. On the underside his body was long and thin. Can you identify?
Signature: Me Ma

Spring Fishfly

Dear Me Ma,
This is neither a moth nor a bee.  It is a female Spring Fishfly.

Thanks for your response. It’s the first one we’ve seen in our area.  It’s actually still on our screen door.

 

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Subject: Dobsonfly
Location: 34.7791, -82.3564
April 19, 2017 7:45 pm
Hi Bugman,
I encountered this customer while monitoring frog calls at Lake Conestee nature park. It was around 2120 local time on April 19, 2017, roughly forty to fifty minutes after sunset. I was sitting on a wooden boardwalk/bridge over an area of weedy water. The wind was calm, and the temperature was around 18 degrees Celcius, or 291 K. The insect was irrisistably attracted to the luminescent emission of my advanced wireless communication device. I suspect that it is a Dobsonfly, specifically Corydalus cornutus. I would like a second opinion, however.
Thank you for your time,
Signature: A Biology Student

Spring Fishfly

Dear Biology Student,
You are mistaken, though this Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, is in the same family as the Eastern Dobsonfly.  Spring Fishflies are much smaller than Dobsonflies and they have different antennae.  According to BugGuide:  “The antennae of females are serrate (saw-like) The comb-like, (pectinate) antennae of the males are quite obvious” meaning your Spring Fishfly is a male.

Intersting. Yes, that makes sense. Thank you so much. The antennae intrigued me, because the antennae did look male. I had never seen insects from that family before. There is a reason why I am still a student…
Have a great day.
A Biology Student who must study more
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Subject: What is this monster
Location: South Carolina
November 16, 2016 9:40 pm
I found this bug hanging around above my garage door and have no idea what it is.
Signature: Adam S

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Adam,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and this is very late in the year for a sighting.

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Subject: Creepy
Location: North Central Texas
August 10, 2016 3:33 pm
The Bug? flew in and landed on the column at the lake house!
No one that has seen pictures have ever seen anything like it.
Signature: Karen

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Karen,
This is a harmless male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.  Back in 2006, a posting of a male Dobsonfly became our first Bug of the Month, a website feature we have continued every month since then.  

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

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Subject: Strange fly in resort
Location: Florida
August 1, 2016 6:24 am
We are in Orlando, Fl and we found this bug in our resort and my son is very interested in creepy crawlies much to my dismay and he would like to know what it is!
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Female Summer Fishfly

Female Summer Fishfly

Dear Doesn’t matter,
By comparing your image to this BugGuide image, you can see you have submitted an image of a Summer Fishfly,
Chauliodes pectinicornis. 

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Subject: What is this scary thing?
Location: West cape may
July 30, 2016 10:44 am
This picture was taken in west cape may today.
Signature: Lynda

Male Summer Fishfly

Male Summer Fishfly

Dear Lynda,
This looks like a harmless male Summer Fishfly to us.

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