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Subject:  Unknown insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia
Date: 08/06/2018
Time: 11:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this insect?anon
How you want your letter signed:  Anon

Male Dobsonfly

Despite his fierce looking mandibles, this magnificent male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.

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Subject:  Inhuman Centepede
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloomington, Indiana U.S.
Date: 08/02/2018
Time: 04:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am just curious as to what this is. I found it in the stairwell outside of my kids bedroom.
How you want your letter signed:  Mista Jay

House Centipede

Dear Mista Jay,
Though this is only our second posting of a House Centipede this year, it is still one of our Top Ten identification requests.  We were amused by your sly reference to the cult film The Human Centipede, but because we try to run a family friendly site, we will not be linking to any articles on one of the most luridly gross horror films ever made.

Thank you for the information! You set my mind at ease. I apologize for the R rated reference. I could submit a more family friendly version if you wanted me to.

Heavens no.  We don’t mind the reference, and as we stated, we were amused.  We just won’t link to any reviews or articles about The Human Centipede.

I see haha awesome. Thank you! Again, thank you for the information. If I wanted to keep this lil dude as a pet how should I go about building a habitat for it to live?
As the name implies, the House Centipede has adapted quite well to living with humans.  A small terrarium with a secure lid should suit is nicely.  It will eat crickets from the pet store as well as most any insect or arthropod you introduce into the terrarium.
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Subject:  9” long insect in PA!
Geographic location of the bug:  Enola, Pennsylvania
Date: 07/08/2018
Time: 05:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – I found this large insect on my exterior house wall early evening, July 8th, 2018. It did not move at all, as I was taking the photo or when I placed the measuring tape next to it. We have 20 acres of woods around us, so our home is pretty shaded. Native? I have lived here 13 years and I have not seen this insect before. I sent the image to my neighbor and he said he saw the same insect, last week, also for the first time,  by his office in York, PA. His office is located in an industrial area. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Anneli

Wrote wrong dimensions in question.
Hi – I submitted an insect ID question this morning, but being European I wrote 9” instead of about 9 cm! Sorry – Anneli

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Anneli,
Even at a more modest four inches in length, the male Dobsonfly startles many folks upon their first encounter, and even subsequent encounters trigger fear, but the male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  His impressive mandibles cannot harm a human.  They are used during the mating ritual.  Semi-aquatic laval Dobsonflies, known as Hellgrammites, are used as bait by many fishermen.

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Subject:  Whats this bug??
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 07/04/2018
Time: 08:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Woke up this morning to this bug glued to the side of the house
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Ward

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Mr. Ward,
This comely beauty is a female Dobsonfly.

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Subject:  2″ bug on screen
Geographic location of the bug:  Waleska Ga.
Date: 06/09/2018
Time: 09:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  He’s about 2″ long, looks like bark on a tree.
How you want your letter signed:  Cyndi

Female Dobsonfly: Ventral view

Dear Cyndi,
This is a female Dobsonfly.  Though considered harmless, she has powerful mandibles that should be avoided as she can deliver a painful bite.

Female Dobsonfly: Dorsal view

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Subject:  Found insect
Geographic location of the bug:  San Luis Obispo, CA
Date: 02/24/2018
Time: 03:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this insect while hiking in late February, and I am just curious what it is. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Angie V.

Potato Bug

Dear Angie,
The insect in your attached image is commonly called a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, and it is one of our most common Southern California sightings.

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