06.29.06

Her name is Bambi?

Posted in Entomology at 1:56 pm by Administrator

Anyone have any idea what kind of insect this is?

Big Ugly Bug

My brother told me to come outside and look at a bug on the shed. I didn’t count on being able to see it from house (fifty feet away). The thing was over four and a half inches long!

UPDATE: The insect was a male Dobsonfly. They spend most of their lives in the larvae stage. The larvae, called Hellgrammites, live in the water for a couple years eating aquatic insects. Then they crawl out of the water, pupate, fly around for a few days as an adult, mate, and die. 

A website said the Dobsonfly is sought after by collectors and photographers because it’s short adult life makes it difficult to find. I guess I should feel lucky. I’m just glad it didn’t fly into my face.