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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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Subject:  what is that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  italy, near caserta
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 09:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, could you please help me in identifying this insect.
kind regards
How you want your letter signed:  umberto prisco

Mole Cricket

Dear Umberto,
Mole Crickets like the one in your image are relatively common subterranean insects that are found in many parts of the world.

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Subject:  Found in kitchen
Geographic location of the bug:  Sullivan county NY
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 08:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I don’t know what this bug is.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy Heller

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Nancy,
Western Conifer Seed Bugs like the one you submitted often enter homes when the weather cools so that they can hibernate.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs, though a nuisance, do not pose any threat to your home or furnishings, and they will not harm you or your pets.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination