Female Dobsonfly called Luciferfly in Oklahoma

Subject: Lucifer fly?
Location: NE Oklahoma
June 23, 2012 6:06 pm
We found this fly in Northeast Oklahoma this week (6/2012). It is about 3 inches long. We were told it was a Lucifer fly. Is that correct?
Signature: Lindy

Female Dobsonfly, AKA Luciferfly

Hi Lindy,
We have never heard the term Luciferfly, but some common insect names are very local in their usage.  This may be a name for the Dobsonfly, the insect photo that you submitted, that is limited to your location in Oklahoma.  We do think it is a fitting name for an insect whose larva is known as a Hellgrammite, a name we have never had much luck with determining the origin.  Your female Dobsonfly doesn’t have anywhere near the impressive mandibles of the male Dobsonfly.

5 thoughts on “Female Dobsonfly called Luciferfly in Oklahoma”

  1. Moi je suis au Québec et j’ai eu cet insecte sur mon balcon. Je vis au 3e étage et loin des cours d’eau.


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