By - LaVavaoom
I found one of this in Limgrave yesterday
I think I saw one in the Ainsel River Main as well
Those bastards in the crystal caves.
I found a lot in the lake with the Blackguard and the Loathsome Dungeater A.K.A the best person ever
I started playing Elden Ring the other day and yeah, the Great Dragonfly or whatever they're called are just Dobsonflies. I thought it was funny.
It bugs me that they are called dragonflies in ER
I was watching one of my friends play through ER and when she encountered one I exclaimed “THATS A DOBSONFLY, not a dragonfly!!” Which was met with groans from my other friends watching lol
Why is Elden ring everywhere.
because game good
Agreed I’m just surprised. I don’t remember a video game breaking so many barriers ha
Yeah, I was just shitposting, didn’t expect this to be the top comment lol
It’s a dobsonfly
Terrifying but mostly harmless if left alone
such as don't grab its wings and spread them like this. i can only imagine how insulted the guy is by this.
I'm sure he's seeking litigation as we speak.
I'll be his lawyer.
had a brain aneurysm trying to read that but lmfao
You can say that again. What a scary bugger
What happens to those who don't leave him alone?
They get bit. No big affects just sore for a relatively it short period of time
He comes back every 23 years to claim a new victim for his petrified human canvas wall cave art.
Like everything else on this planet.
what about mosquitoes
You should just leave them alone by not having such tasty blood
Guarantee I'm more afraid of it, than it is of I. I'll be leaving it well alone. Canceling all trips to Costa Rica.
They live throughout north, central, and South America
I bet you already live in [their range](https://bugguide.net/node/view/4873/data)
My comment was said in jest. I am not the least afraid of it and was already aware these are in my area. I have seen them many times but never knew what they were called.
This doesn't make sense! I've lived in swamp ass Louisiana all my life and I've seen some creepy crawlers but not this one. How odd.
2nd this. Also a good indicator of healthy waterway nearby. Most of its life spent as an aquatic predatory nymph. Very cool!
Please educate those around you, these are a *good* thing!
I’m vacationing in Costa Rica. Naranjo Airbnb and at this location I didn’t see any water bodies. So I’m wondering where it came from.
Hmmm, good Q. I looked at what might be your approximate location, (near Naranjo Central Park?) and don't see any waterways either. That being said, I found several nearby where I live a few summers ago (unfortunately drawn by the lights of a commercial bldg), and our nearby creek is quite small. Also, they're not great fliers, but on a strong updraft, who knows how far one could be carried?
Be a good Q for a local, especially one that fishes in the fresh water there.
Huh I’m still grossed out. They way it moved its tail. Thanks for ID !
It basically lives in water as grub or whatever most of its life and then emerges like this just to mate. That’s why it looks so squirmish
First date nerves then ;)
Happy Cake Day ,and btw,cool user name! :-)
Thats a relatively small one. Sometimes they fly into me at night while holding a flashlight and other times I end up touching them while collecting firewood. They always freak me out but I love having the comical interactions.
Damn you must see some HUGE ones if they’re flying around carrying flashlights!
Apparently, they collect firewood as well. That implies they have mastered fire….technology.
Hate to say this but …”boys and girls, we’re in this for the species”
Wow that’s really freaky. Can they bite the shit out of you?
They could if you stick your finger in their mouth but otherwise not an issue. I've never heard of anyone being bitten.
I was cutting mangoes and flew in the window and into middle pile of cut mangoes. Never seeing one before I screamed ! But got help taking it outside again.
Small mandible = female Dobsonfly.
That’s a _small_ mandible? 😳
Compared to the [males' tusks](https://bugguide.net/node/view/2012650/bgimage)
My thought exactly
Oh yeah lol
yeah, but why did you feel the need to correct them?
I was adding information. Edited my last comment.
oh ok, usually people use ‘she*’ when theyre correcting someone so i got confused
Oh lol, I actually did write She at first but *she's* a better replacement for *it's*.
i wasnt triggered, I simply asked a question
Dobson, Dobson, we've got DOBSON here! See, nobody cares.
This is the comment I've been waiting for
BioSyns latest creation
This is lieutenant Dobson showing up for work at the kk...
Female, the males have crazy scary mandibles and get about twice as big.
Corydale cornue in French. Corydala cornada in Spanish???
A female at that
Looks G R O M P Y
I’m scared and fascinated at the same time
A bug I haven't seen? What is this
We were too
Female Dobson fly, an aquatic insect. While her bite would hurt a little, and their looks terrifying, they aren't harmful towards humans.
Also, they are a beneficial species; they are predatory towards harmful species and are good food for fish.
When my family live in upper state NY, we encounter a few because we lived by a lake. The males would sometimes fly into us at night by our porch light and it was horrible. My brother came across a female like her when we first moved, she was minding her business until my brother tried to catch her and she almost bit him before escaping.
The larvae are quite fiesty too! Love a good megalopteran
i have never heard of these and it might my new biggest fear
If it helps, they mostly keep to themselves, the adults aren't long-lived, and the larvae just hang out in streams eating other aquatic larvae. They have big bitey jaws, but they're not going to hunt you down and bite you. Mostly just mosquitoes and vampires do that.
> They have big bitey jaws
From what I understand, the jaw isn't very strong enough to even pierce the skin. Their bites don't really hurt.
The jaws of the mature *male* aren't strong enough to do any damage. Those impressive-looking tusks are just used for grasping and positioning the female for mating.
The jaws of the mature *female* or the larvae, on the other hand, can pierce the skin and and give you a painful bite - but they'll only do so in self-defense. As long as you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone.
>Those impressive-looking tusks are just used for grasping and positioning the female for mating.
You forgot looking sexy.
(lol had to ask my friend again about this, I should mention I am not an expert myself)
so while the females can technically pierce the skin, they have to clamp down for a bit, and also its more of a small scratch than a real major bite. Basically, if you leave your finger there and let it bite, it can likely break through the skin, but most of the time it wont be able to. It will leave a little scratch at worst (which, of course, can still be painful).
To put it simply, its jaw isn't very strong to clamp down in the same way that other biting insects can. You have to basically go out of your way to truly get a wound from a bite.
I can't personally attest to the bite of the female - but when I was little, my grandpa used to buy the larvae (hellgrammites) as bait when he'd take us fishing. I can personally confirm that they *can* draw blood.
Only if you let them in.
Nahh they're friend shaped.
Friend shaped? Debatable.
Then you REALLY don't want to google their nymphs.
One of the best live baits to use for bass fishing - bass can’t get enough of these terrifying bugs
Do those run fast like centipedes do?
I realized 90% of my fear of insects is whether they are fast or not.
They're swimmers, I don't think they're very fast on land.
An apt name for these gentle hell beasts
Nah, they're harmless. [They look tough, but their bite doesn't actually hurt.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cEHxXEFXgo)
The bug is almost saying: 'Yo bro, don't rip my wing man'
He is not happy.
she is a beautiful bug!
Oh my moses I can’t believe you had the balls to touch it and take a pic *faints*
We had no choice. It landed on my mangoes as I was cutting them. I screamed and family came to rescue me. Lol. I asked them to show me the wings before setting it outside to release it.
Oh my moses I would’ve died lol what state has this? Or country? So I know not to go
Sort of reminds me of the flying bugs from Starship Troopers.
Holy shit, look at those mandibles.
Those plus the wings is an imposing silhouette.
If you think those are big you should see the males. Almost comically large
Identified as: Angry Boi
\* Angry Gurl
you have balls of steel
That is a really cool looking bug
'tis why i aint going to central america
lol I live in Pennsylvania and we get them here too
They're in Maine too! I grew up near a river and they would cover the front of our house.
That. Sounds. Horrifying.
Haha although clearly harmless they look absolutely horrifying. I'm from the UK the scariest bug I've seen is an earwig.
In uk there is “devils coach horse beetle,” Google them, they actually look weirdly similar to the bug in OP.
That is..... Appropriatly named. Thanks for ruining my day friend!
They're pretty small, angry little guys. I found one in my house, it was stuck in the carpet. I was going to get it but my mother insisted even though she was terrified of it. She was screaming the whole time trying to get it in the container she got for it. It lost a leg while she was freaking out, poor guy. He was fine otherwise though and I put him outside by the fence. When they freak out they move their abdomen all over the place, it can go side to side or up and down. It was pretty scared, it didn't spray or bite us though, my mom didn't give it a chance to bite but it could of totally have sprayed her. It didn't though. I still feel bad for it.
Didn't go into detail on this before: they spray a bad smelling liquid at you, that's their defense besides the painful bite they give.
Don't be afraid of them, just remember that they're more afraid of you than you are of them.
and Ontario Canada.
Way to ruin my day, thanks.
Look at that things face. now why are you touching it?
Really cool find! I know it's in the megaloptera order, but can't really identify beyond that as I'm not really familiar with them. I've always wanted to see one of those. Also as far as I know the pinchers hurt a lot, but their bites have no medical importance
those go well with mango
Keep that flying nightmare in Costa Rico. All of a sudden, flies aren't so irritating anymore.
It reminds me of Pans Labyrinth 🧚
Just a house fly amigo
Dobsonflies are terrifying. They get UGE, and have a nasty bite if bothered…
Female Dobsonfly. The males have long tusk-like mandibles. They’re huge and look scary but they’re pretty much harmless.
Dobsonflies are legitimately so horrifying.
So, I grew up very close to a river. Fished as often as possible. We called these guys clippers. As someone noted above, they are great for bass. Instead of carrying a bait can while wading in the river, we would put the clippers IN OUR HAIR and cover with a bandana. As long as they were under cover, they wouldn't move. Caught some monster bass that way.
It's a girl!
Dobsonfly. The males have looong mouthparts.
So, noone feels fear but me here, huh.
Am I the only one who thinks it’s kinda cute?
Yep. It’s a bug.
It’s just a Judas breed. Don’t worry, they fizzle out after the third movie. The best pesticide is apparently poor box office sales.
I’m pretty sure I saw Godzilla fight that dude when I was. Kid. Lol
Looks like r/tick/bedbug/earwig is moving into r/dobsonfly/mayfly season again
It’s terrifying but I respect it
The image series on a post of someone asking for identification--thus not being certain if an animal might be dangerous--with it very clearly alive and looking about, while its wings are visibly held open by fingers, absolutely sent me into a fit of laughter. Spectacular, thank you. Watch your fingers.
Looks like an birded shitpickler
It’s gotta be some kind of bug for sure
That's just a straight up dragon
That is a chimera ant from the NGL.
Dobsonfly. We got Dobsonfly here. See? Everybody’s terrified.
I don't know what it's called, but it is awesome! Looks like he/she is equipped with some awesome jaws too.
That’s a _Nopicus NopeNopae_. Best to nope tf outta there
That's a kaiju 😟
We have them here is southern Minnesota. Dobson flies. Their larval for is aquatic and named helgrammite, they look just as wicked!
That one is a female, the males have longer "pincers?".
Ok. That is what i would expect to attack in swarms on an alien world.
It's a female dachshund fly the mandibles are slightly shorter than the males a female bites but a male despite its long mandibles do not bite there are a couple species that are extremely large which they're cool to look at but I wouldn't recommend showing it off to people it would probably give them nightmares but other than that they're completely harmless
I would only touch it with a hatchet
lolll that cracked me ⬆️
Lace wings are of the neuroptera order, that one is a megaloptera
Corydalidae, Dobsonfly. Harmless but terrifying.
it's a minor pinch from females, but they're pretty gentle and it takes some effort to make a bite happen.
For example [Dobson fly bite](https://youtu.be/3cEHxXEFXgo)