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Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland back yard Harford co
Date: 10/04/2021
Time: 08:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this dead bug in the yard never seen one before looks like it came from nars
How you want your letter signed:  G8R8RALL

Dead Male Dobsonfly

Dear G8R8RALL,
Your image of a male Dobsonfly corpse is quite impressive, but living male Dobsonflies are even more impressive.  Despite their fierce appearance, they are perfectly harmless, though the female Dobsonfly can bite (no venom) with her considerably smaller mandibles.  The larvae of Dobsonflies are known as Hellgrammites, and they might also bite.  They are considered prize bait by fishermen.

Thank you so much are They prevalent in Maryland literally this is the first one I’ve ever seen definitely never seen a live one how do they where do they hang out and how can you find them and thank you very much again

Hello again G8R8RALL,
Our original response contained links to additional postings on our site that should answer your questions.

Subject:  Interesting insect I have never seen here
Geographic location of the bug:  Waltham, MA
Date: 09/03/2021
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this resting on a lawn chair 8/20/21. He/she was 1.3 inches, not counting antennae. He stayed very still, didn’t move, even when I moved the chair across the yard. I took this photo. He stayed still all day, and next day, he was gone. I live at edge of very wet, dense wild woods & see many interesting insects. Never saw one like him! Can you please help? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Kalani Cross

Summer Fishfly

Dear Kalani,
This is a Summer Fishfly.  According to BugGuide:  “prefer shaded, woodland habitats” which is what your “wet, dense wild woods” provides.

Oh, thank you so much!  Such a fast reply, and the most exciting news!  I really wanted to know what he is, and now I can read all about him!  YOU ARE AWSOME!  THANKS!

Subject:  mud bug
Geographic location of the bug:  texas hill country
Date: 08/25/2021
Time: 01:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  an odd bug in the mud! probably about 3 inches long! it was very dark out, sorry the picture isn’t great. thank you for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  curious, again

Female Dobsonfly

Dear curious, again,
This is a female Dobsonfly.  She is not dangerous, but stay away from those mandibles.  She is prepared to defend herself and she may deliver a painful nip if you don’t handle with respect. 

Thank you, Daniel! What a neat bug. I love her wings. J
Sharing one more pic below. Thanks again and take care!

Subject:  What the hell?
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut
Date: 06/25/2021
Time: 07:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Found this in our yard, near our woods.
How you want your letter signed:  Dogmom

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Dogmom,
Because of their large size and frightening appearance, Dobsonflies are one of our most common summer identification requests.  Despite his scimitar-like mandibles, this male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  The much smaller mandibles on the female Dobsonfly are more functional and she can produce a painful pinch that might even draw blood.

You rock!!!
Thanks so much!
Ellen

You are most welcome Ellen, and thanks for acknowledging that we rock.

Subject:  Lacewing?? Not sure
Geographic location of the bug:  Puslinch, Ontario, canada
Date: 07/10/2020
Time: 11:50 PM EDT:  We don’t often see really large bugs in our area. And I’ve never seen this bug before around our property. It was just sitting on the side of our gazebo in the sun for hours and hours. I thought it might be a lacewing of sorts but it’s antennae don’t look right as this guy has the feathered type rather than the clubbed.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen Gray

Fishfly

Dear Karen,
This is a Fishfly in the genus
Chauliodes.  Its feathered antennae distinguish it from its larger relative, a Dobsonfly.

Subject:  Long flying bug
Geographic location of the bug:  SOutheastern PA
Date: 07/11/2020
Time: 06:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s this scary looking critter? Not a super good flyer.
How you want your letter signed:  Jon Kern

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Jon,
We love this unusual camera angle you used to depict this female Dobsonfly.  Dobsonflies are one of our most common summer identification requests.  Male Dobsonflies are even more impressive looking.