Fun Finds

 

Do you know what a dobsonfly is? I didn’t. But I learned rather quickly.

A dobsonfly is native to the Americas, Asia, and Southern Africa. It’s found mostly near water (small streams, swamps, sometimes rivers, etc.) and has a very short life span. They mainly reproduce for the entirety of their lives, and do not eat to live (which probably explains their short lifespan).

I found this little guy (actually, girl), and discovered compared to it’s contemporaries, this one is rather small. Sorry, I didn’t have a banana for scale, but this one fits in the palm of your hand, while others can grow to be 8-10 inches in length.

The males have long, tentacle-like pincers, while the females have short, strong ones, and the bite is extremely painful. I was going to use my hand for scale, but then I found this out. What a terrifying looking creature, no?