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Chauliodes pectinicornis


I was out in the woods when a large, ungainly insect flapped past my face and disappeared right before my eyes. It took a few moments of searching to find it beautifully blended in on a twig. I don't run into these as often as I'd like. They're really interesting insects.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

I didn't know they bite. Have you been bitten?

ScottRasmussen 12 years ago

Nice. Even though male dobsonflies have enormous mandibles, it's the females like the one in your photo which can give a pretty nasty nip.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

I can see the resemblance to dobsonflies. I saw one in Brazil.

ScottRasmussen 12 years ago

They're related to dobsonflies, but lack the impressive mandibles, and male fishflies have feathery antennae.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Cool! I've never heard of these. Blends in well though for a large insect.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Jul 10, 2011
Submitted on Jul 21, 2011

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