World’s Coolest Bug

Hi, Mr. Nature here–with a male dobsonfly that has seen better days, but still looks scary.

Legend has it that this insect got its name from a Mrs. Hortense Dobson, who discovered one inside her jump suit and invented several energetic dances while trying to get it out.

When I was 12 years old or so, I found a box on the ground with an enormous dobsonfly in it. You don’t forget that!

Despite their fearsome appearance, these critters are completely harmless and their larvae, called helgrammites, are highly esteemed as fish bait. The larvae look even scarier than the adults.

Isn’t Creation wonderful? God never runs out of ideas.

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10 responses to “World’s Coolest Bug

  • Erlene

    Yes, I have seen several of these critters, and my husband used to take
    helgrammites fishing often. Rather strange looking things, but then, there are a lot of odd looking things out there. Enough to keep us interested for a long time.


  • Linda Sorci

    Lee, when I lived in North Florida for a few years, we had a couple of bugs that were vicious! One had several names – velvet ant, cow killer, wingless wasp. What a horrid bite! And the other, which also had a nasty sting, was called an assassin bug. Both of these creepy crawlers had awful bites, and the velvet ant was said to bring cows down with its sting.

    I always said North Florida (the Gulf coast) had bugs that haven’t even been named yet.


  • UnKnowable

    That Dobsonfly looks like a veteran, and he wasn’t about to be captured. Who knows what their consciousness is like, but obviously it knows enough to deal with a curious child.

    All of God’s works are wonderful.


  • K Marie

    Wow! What an interesting looking critter!


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