Saturday, July 15, 2006

With a Little Help From My Friends

Apparently, it's not a giant, mutant insect.

It's just a dobsonfly. Thanks to Thomas for pointing me in the right direction when he suggested it might be a brown lacewing. It's got the right wing make-up, but the wrong size. Brown lacewings get to about a half inch; this thing was about 3 inches long or more.

This is a female dobsonfly, based on the size of it's pincers, and they can break skin and draw blood. While their bites can be painful, they're not considered dangerous.

I also came across this nifty site to use when trying to identify an insect. What's That Bug? has a wealth of pictures. This link shows their dobsonfly page.

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