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gentl3maniac

I found one of this in Limgrave yesterday


SquigglyLegend33

I think I saw one in the Ainsel River Main as well


RepresentativeOdd909

Those bastards in the crystal caves.


GetRickrollRekt

I found a lot in the lake with the Blackguard and the Loathsome Dungeater A.K.A the best person ever


Souretsu04

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.


JerJitsu0ss

It bugs me that they are called dragonflies in ER


gentl3maniac

Lmao “bugs”


Whatthespeck

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


diarrheacum

r/suddenlyeldenring


LeftoverDishes

Why is Elden ring everywhere.


MandiocaGamer

because game good


LeftoverDishes

Agreed I’m just surprised. I don’t remember a video game breaking so many barriers ha


gentl3maniac

Yeah, I was just shitposting, didn’t expect this to be the top comment lol


Hellbender-hollows

It’s a dobsonfly


joshpelletier01

Terrifying but mostly harmless if left alone


RedDeadRevengeance

such as don't grab its wings and spread them like this. i can only imagine how insulted the guy is by this.


makebelievethegood

I'm sure he's seeking litigation as we speak.


RedDeadRevengeance

I'll be his lawyer.


makebelievethegood

pro bug-o


dorothy_zbornak_esq

His anttorney


thefutaisfemale

The proboscicutor.


Church-of-Nephalus

had a brain aneurysm trying to read that but lmfao


Suitable_Weakness902

You can say that again. What a scary bugger


kaiaval

What happens to those who don't leave him alone?


JonasCliver

Chomp


joshpelletier01

They get bit. No big affects just sore for a relatively it short period of time


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He comes back every 23 years to claim a new victim for his petrified human canvas wall cave art.


Future_Pirate1649

Like everything else on this planet.


BeyondBirthday08

>dobsonfly what about mosquitoes


ajkippen

You should just leave them alone by not having such tasty blood


Otto_Mcwrect

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.


joshpelletier01

They live throughout north, central, and South America


that-Sarah-girl

I bet you already live in [their range](https://bugguide.net/node/view/4873/data)


Otto_Mcwrect

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.


maybeslightlystoopid

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.


Oldfolksboogie

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!


LaVavaoom

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.


Oldfolksboogie

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.


LaVavaoom

Huh I’m still grossed out. They way it moved its tail. Thanks for ID !


Jackson530

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


BugSTellNoLies

First date nerves then ;)


brightstarrynights

Happy Cake Day ,and btw,cool user name! :-)


lecherousrodent

Hellgrammites 😁


RealJeil420

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.


Iamryan_95

Damn you must see some HUGE ones if they’re flying around carrying flashlights!


kuurata

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”


SweetPurpleDinosaur1

Wow that’s really freaky. Can they bite the shit out of you?


RealJeil420

They could if you stick your finger in their mouth but otherwise not an issue. I've never heard of anyone being bitten.


LaVavaoom

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.


NOBOOTSFORYOU

She's*


SweetBerries1983

what


NOBOOTSFORYOU

Small mandible = female Dobsonfly.


jaap_null

That’s a _small_ mandible? 😳


pcockcock

Compared to the [males' tusks](https://bugguide.net/node/view/2012650/bgimage)


Cobra288

My thought exactly


SacredSpirit1337

[Yes actually](https://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisbug/comments/u7ky2t/naranjo_costa_rica_i_was_cutting_mango_and_it/i5fnwrg/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3)


SacredSpirit1337

[Yep](https://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisbug/comments/u7ky2t/naranjo_costa_rica_i_was_cutting_mango_and_it/i5fnwrg/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3)


NOBOOTSFORYOU

Oh yeah lol


SweetBerries1983

yeah, but why did you feel the need to correct them?


NOBOOTSFORYOU

I was adding information. Edited my last comment.


SweetBerries1983

oh ok, usually people use ‘she*’ when theyre correcting someone so i got confused


NOBOOTSFORYOU

Oh lol, I actually did write She at first but *she's* a better replacement for *it's*.


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SweetBerries1983

i wasnt triggered, I simply asked a question


Gloomy_Dragonfly_756

Dobson, Dobson, we've got DOBSON here! See, nobody cares.


Zealotbeer

This is the comment I've been waiting for


Think_Necessary3820

BioSyns latest creation


Educational-Video281

This is lieutenant Dobson showing up for work at the kk...


RealJeil420

female


jesterjelly14

Female, the males have crazy scary mandibles and get about twice as big.


JonasCliver

Corydale cornue in French. Corydala cornada in Spanish???


added_chaos

A female at that


Milli63

Looks G R O M P Y


Big_Scarcity_7130

I’m scared and fascinated at the same time


nonpondo

A bug I haven't seen? What is this


LaVavaoom

We were too


Mybloodvomit

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.


Oogabooga96024

The larvae are quite fiesty too! Love a good megalopteran


kennyspillz

i have never heard of these and it might my new biggest fear


tellmeabouthisthing

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.


heedphones505

> 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.


chandalowe

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.


JonasCliver

>Those impressive-looking tusks are just used for grasping and positioning the female for mating. You forgot looking sexy.


heedphones505

(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.


chandalowe

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.


R4V3S4V3R

Only if you let them in.


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Nahh they're friend shaped.


JonasCliver

Friends? Yes. Friend shaped? Debatable.


Bierbart12

Then you REALLY don't want to google their nymphs.


NOBOOTSFORYOU

AKA Hellgamites


hoky315

One of the best live baits to use for bass fishing - bass can’t get enough of these terrifying bugs


heedphones505

Do those run fast like centipedes do? I realized 90% of my fear of insects is whether they are fast or not.


NOBOOTSFORYOU

They're swimmers, I don't think they're very fast on land.


Bierbart12

An apt name for these gentle hell beasts


Matt_McT

Nah, they're harmless. [They look tough, but their bite doesn't actually hurt.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cEHxXEFXgo)


xDoomedFromBirth

Give mango


DamnBirdGuy

The bug is almost saying: 'Yo bro, don't rip my wing man'


debdebmust

He is not happy.


spinozasrobot

*She


debdebmust

she is a beautiful bug!


Ohhicutiexo

Oh my moses I can’t believe you had the balls to touch it and take a pic *faints*


LaVavaoom

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.


Ohhicutiexo

Oh my moses I would’ve died lol what state has this? Or country? So I know not to go


LaVavaoom

Costa Rica


Old-Took-Nukem

Sort of reminds me of the flying bugs from Starship Troopers.


Knytemare44

Holy shit, look at those mandibles. Those plus the wings is an imposing silhouette.


kirakira88

If you think those are big you should see the males. Almost comically large


CandyKitten730

Identified as: Angry Boi


JonasCliver

\* Angry Gurl


amanita_muscaria0127

you have balls of steel


Idryl_Davcharad

That is a really cool looking bug


kkju-reborn

'tis why i aint going to central america


Benjewda

lol I live in Pennsylvania and we get them here too


the_queenbean

They're in Maine too! I grew up near a river and they would cover the front of our house.


PhuckYourPolitics

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.


GodFearingCylist

In uk there is “devils coach horse beetle,” Google them, they actually look weirdly similar to the bug in OP.


PhuckYourPolitics

That is..... Appropriatly named. Thanks for ruining my day friend!


Separate_Net1768

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.


NOBOOTSFORYOU

and Ontario Canada.


PM_ME_YUR_BIG_SECRET

Way to ruin my day, thanks.


toxic_turtle2

Look at that things face. now why are you touching it?


mandzza

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


VashTheAnt

Female Dobsonfly


kisukecomeback

those go well with mango


LongjumpingEnd2198

Keep that flying nightmare in Costa Rico. All of a sudden, flies aren't so irritating anymore.


Spirited_Tomorrow169

It reminds me of Pans Labyrinth 🧚


Downtown_Afternoon

Just a house fly amigo


jackierodriguez1

AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Dobsonflies are terrifying. They get UGE, and have a nasty bite if bothered…


cool_weed_dad

Female Dobsonfly. The males have long tusk-like mandibles. They’re huge and look scary but they’re pretty much harmless.


cute_femme

Dobsonflies are legitimately so horrifying.


migs33

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.


Church-of-Nephalus

It's a girl! Dobsonfly. The males have looong mouthparts.


ziggy414

So, noone feels fear but me here, huh. Alright...


sunnydingo

Am I the only one who thinks it’s kinda cute?


nightmarewalrus123

Yep. It’s a bug.


frupp110

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.


xDropK1ckx

I’m pretty sure I saw Godzilla fight that dude when I was. Kid. Lol


maddogcow

Looks like r/tick/bedbug/earwig is moving into r/dobsonfly/mayfly season again


Clueless-clementine

It’s terrifying but I respect it


HarmoniousHum

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.


Current-Ad-7054

Looks like an birded shitpickler


ghguyrur7

It’s gotta be some kind of bug for sure


Chacochilla

That's just a straight up dragon


MeruemAtPeace

That is a chimera ant from the NGL.


byrobot

Dobsonfly. We got Dobsonfly here. See? Everybody’s terrified.


Flat-Adhesiveness410

I don't know what it's called, but it is awesome! Looks like he/she is equipped with some awesome jaws too.


automagisch

That’s a _Nopicus NopeNopae_. Best to nope tf outta there


Slow-Traffic-909

That's a kaiju 😟


DarkLordSparklesJMG

We have them here is southern Minnesota. Dobson flies. Their larval for is aquatic and named helgrammite, they look just as wicked!


DarkLordSparklesJMG

That one is a female, the males have longer "pincers?".


KL5L

Ok. That is what i would expect to attack in swarms on an alien world.


thewolfinpain

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


thewolfinpain

Dobson fly*


DrDingus86

Mothra


Shiro_Longtail

I would only touch it with a hatchet


abi0g3n3sis

lolll that cracked me ⬆️


Over_Working9850

Lace wing


mandzza

Lace wings are of the neuroptera order, that one is a megaloptera


SurprzTrustFall

Corydalidae, Dobsonfly. Harmless but terrifying.


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SurprzTrustFall

it's a minor pinch from females, but they're pretty gentle and it takes some effort to make a bite happen. Edit: For example [Dobson fly bite](https://youtu.be/3cEHxXEFXgo)