|Male Eastern Dobsonfly|
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Dangerous Looking Dobsonfly
Just the other week I posted about finding hellgrammites that were beginning to pupate. I mentioned that after they pupate they emerge as dobsonflies. Well, now those pupae must be hatching because the dobsonflies are starting to show up.
The male dobsonflies have those nasty-looking mandibles. Those large mandibles look worse than actually are, although they do use them defensively. In the ice cream bucket below, this dobsonfly is doing a couple of defensive actions.