What in Tarnation? (strange insects in El Salvador) – Dobsonfly!   2 comments

Just one more discovery in the world of strange insects in El Salvador.  It was resting on the wall of our bedroom and apparently had died a quiet death.  Since it was so darn big, I decided to document it with my niece Carmen, taking out the tape measure to illustrate.  Nearly 3 inches long without antennae.    Date spotted:  January 13, 2010.  Species:  unknown.   Visit the Wonderful World of Insects in El Salvador Photo Gallery.

Update:  It’s a Dobsonfly.  Special thanks to Kathy Mahler for her comment informing us who this insect is.  Based on photos, he appears to be a male.  And we were living near a river at that time, natural habitat for him.

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2 responses to “What in Tarnation? (strange insects in El Salvador) – Dobsonfly!

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  1. It’s a Dobsonfly!!

    I found one in my office last year. HUGE thing. Scary looking pincers. Found out she was a female and she isn’t poisonous – but can give a mighty hard pinch! The males do not have the pincers.

    The don’t normally travel far from their birthplace (near a river) so not sure what she was doing in my office. I had to do some research to figure her out.

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