Male Dobsonfly

Subject: Cool Bug
Location: Ottawa, Ohio
June 18, 2016 7:02 pm
Hoping someone can identify this really cool looking insect.
Signature: Not sure

Male Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonfly

This spectacular insect is a male Dobsonfly, and it is one of our most common summer identification requests.  Despite his formidable looking mandibles, the male Dobsonfly cannot bite and is perfectly harmless, though his mate who has considerably shorter mandibles can deliver a somewhat painful bite that could even draw blood, though she too is considered harmless as she has no poison nor venom.

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