Dobsonfly

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Dobsonfly
A few years ago my family was on vacation at Deep Creek Lake in Western, MD.  We decided one evening to build a campfire, so we collected a bunch of wood for the fire pit.  My son was helping me carry wood, but then he suddenly put down the wood and told me I had to come see this bug.  This thing gave new meaning to the phrase "big, ugly bug."  So of course, I was fascinated by it and had to get out my macro lens and take dozens of pictures of this Dobsonfly.  My son had found a female here, which is why the pincers are so "short."  Males have pincers so long they aren't dangerous.  Females can inflict a serious bite.  The bug itself was huge!  It was probably 5 inches long, and it felt like I'd been transported back to prehistoric times.  So now, of course, this is one of my favorite bugs.

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  1. It is freaky, isn't it? Even ugly bugs are awesome.

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  2. What a cool bug! Wonderful captures!

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