Thanks for posting a site that allowed me to identify this beautiful creature! I thought you’d like the photo as it is pretty nice. I’ve seen these all my life growing up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, but never knew what they were called (everyone else calls them ‘stone flies’) I also saw my first sun spider that same night. I think that is what it is, anyhow. It confused me with the appearance of having ten legs!
Thanks again, Anthony P.

Those Dobsonfly photos just keep coming.

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My wife found this beetle today.

It was quite large, with the body around 2” long (not counting the antennae).
Thanks!
Richard
Dear Richard,
It is a beautiful photo of a COTTONWOOD BORER, Plectrodera scalator.

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Hey bugman,
I was recently vacationing in Orlando, FLA visiting the mouse that lives there with the family. Anyhow, we ate out one night in Kissimmee and came across an interesting bug. I would estimate it at about 3 inches long excluding pinchers or claws (whatever you want to call them). It was blakc and reminded me of a large roach or long beetle. Anyhow, at it head extended 2 long pinchers or claws. They were jagged and pointed at the end. Dumby me though the bug was interesting and dcided to toe it a little with my sneaker to get it to move. It moved away but seemed a little aggressive. Anyhow that sucker, after enough stupid taunting by me, latched onto my sneaker and wouldnt let go!!! My wife, with open toed shoes ran like hell into the resteraunt swearing at me the whole way…LOL.. Do you have any idea what bug I was dancing with?
Description : Black , I believe 6 legs, long curved and jagged pinchers (claws) about 3/4 body length extending from head area, 2 -3 " in length, fairly flat insect Anyhow, thanks for reading this and I hope you can tell me what it was. I apoligize for ticking him off too…LOL!
Rick

Hi Rick,
I don’t believe I ever answered your question, and have been in the process of posting new letters, despite the whatsthatbug site being down for heavy traffic. You have encountered a Giant Water Bug also known as a Toe Biter. As you know, they deserve their name.

Hi!
I live in Austin, Texas and just found this nasty looking bug outside on my patio, clinging to the wall in the early morning below my porch light.
It has a large set of mean-looking pincers on the front of the head. The forward half of the body is dark, and the rear half is light tan and caterpillar-looking. I had to take the picture through the yogurt jar I captured him in. He is about 3.5 inches long.
I leave most outdoor bugs alone but was concerned that if I ran across him later accidentally, I might get a nasty bite. He aggressively threatened me as I repositioned the jar to get the photo.
If anybody wants him, come and get him!
Thanks!
Patty Pritchett


Dear Patty,
He is beautiful. He is an adult Dobson Fly, the larvae of which are known as Hellgrammites. The male has the formidable jaws which are used during the mating ritual in what humans might consider spousal abuse. They will not harm humans. We have additional information on our site.

Hi!
I live in Austin, Texas and just found this nasty looking bug outside on my patio, clinging to the wall in the early morning below my porch light.
It has a large set of mean-looking pincers on the front of the head. The forward half of the body is dark, and the rear half is light tan and caterpillar-looking. I had to take the picture through the yogurt jar I captured him in. He is about 3.5 inches long.
I leave most outdoor bugs alone but was concerned that if I ran across him later accidentally, I might get a nasty bite. He aggressively threatened me as I repositioned the jar to get the photo.
If anybody wants him, come and get him!
Thanks!
Patty Pritchett


Dear Patty,
She is beautiful. He is an adult Dobson Fly, the larvae of which are known as Hellgrammites. The male has even moreformidable jaws which are used during the mating ritual in what humans might consider spousal abuse. They will not harm humans. We have additional information on our site.