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Subject: bug from Andhra Pradesh India
Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
August 14, 2017 11:25 am
Can you identify this bug? I found it outside the Borra Caves in Andhra Pradesh, India. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Signature: Celeste

Yellow Dobsonfly

Dear Celeste,
This is really a gorgeous yellow Dobsonfly, and we believe it is the same as this Dobsonfly from Burma that we identified as
Nevromus austroindicus.  According to the Aranyaparva blog:  “a dobsonfly Nevromus austroindicus. Very few people have seen this insect. In fact, they gave it a name and formally described it as recently as in 2012! The specimen was from Karnataka. Shyamal has described it as a living fossil in his blog. The males have spectacularly long, tusk-like intimidating mandibles. This is a classic case of how looks can be deceptive. Although these pincers are long, they are weak and help only during the mating season; to fight away other males and to impress the females. The females, like the one we saw, have short, sharp pincers. If we try to mess around with them, we must also brace ourselves to lose some blood”  and  “Very little is known about this Western Ghats species Nevromus austroindicus. The fact that it has been described so late shows the lack of information about it.” 

Thanks Daniel!  I do a type of hand embroidery called Stumpwork and bugs are one of the things that I like to make.  And as an added challenge, I like to do ones that I find when we travel.
Celeste

How wonderful.  Please send us some images if you can.

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Subject: Found in Danville Ca.
Location: Danville, California
August 5, 2017 1:08 pm
My friend texted me this pic of a cool bug. She’s disgusted, I think it’s awesome. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Michell

California Dobsonfly

Dear Michell,
We agree with you that this California Dobsonfly,
Neohermes californicus, is awesome.  We are surmising there is a stream near where this Danville sighting occurred.

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Subject: Houston Bug
Location: North Houston, TX
July 30, 2017 3:50 pm
This 2″ bug is hanging out next to our mosquito zapper. Don’t know if he’s a beneficial bug or not? What is it?
Signature: Mechaniken

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Mechaniken,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and it will not harm you or your home.

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Subject: They’re huge! LOL
Location: Tuolumne, CA
July 19, 2017 12:00 pm
No idea what kind of insect this is but it is on our front porch with some of its friends. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks!
Signature: Heather

California Dobsonfly

Dear Heather,
We are quite confident, because of the moniliform or beadlike antennae, this is
Neohermes californicus based on this BugGuide image.  BugGuide does not provide a common name, but Charles Hogue, in his awesome book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, calls this a California Dobsonfly.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Rome, Georgia
July 14, 2017 11:19 am
Found on exterior wall of the Forum in Rome, Ga.
Signature: William

Male Dobsonfly

Dear William,
This impressive creature is a harmless, male Dobsonfly.

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Subject: Flying insect I can’t identify
Location: Western North Carolina
July 12, 2017 6:37 am
Can you tell me what this is?
Signature: Toya

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Toya,
The Dobsonfly is one of our most common summer identification requests.  Your individual is a female.

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