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Yellow Dobsonfly (female)

Chloronia hieroglyphica


These yellow dobsonflies resemble the Chloronia genus, but I can't find anyplace that says they are found in South America. These are a little smaller (4 cm) than the darker, more common dobsonflies. I have only seen a few individuals and they have always been female. I'm not sure if these are merely immature darker dobsonflies, or a species of their own.


These were found here on the screen of the door of a cement block generator shed in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.


The colors are really beautiful. So much more so than the drab common dobsonflies we see so many of.

No species ID suggestions


Tukup a month ago


Paul Davis
Paul Davis a month ago

Lovely set of Dobsonflies , very impressive insects.

Tukup a month ago

Thanks Forest. It looks like mine, but I see it's clear across the continent. At least it's in S. America. That's better than I could find. I'll keep looking, but this looks promising. Thanks again. I agree, I think it is a mature Dobsonfly.

ForestDragon a month ago

I suspect this is her full adult glory! Check this out: Chloronia hieroglyphica

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Apr 1, 2011
Submitted on Feb 8, 2019

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