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Giant Dobsonfly?

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I live near the Susquehanna and had this beast visit me in the garage last night. Biggest darn stonefly i have ever seen.....is this the mythical Dobsonfly? Next question anyone ever attempt a tie on one (have to be a 6/0 hook!)?

I cannot figure out how to upload an image, but the thing was gemmie-sized. At least 4 inches long and the abdomen was as thick as my finger. Almost sparrow sized in flight.

Also any legends or lore about the appearance of one?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/7/26 18:51


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"Giant" and Dobsonfly are redundant. I would be hard-pressed to think of another bug in NE USA... a Pine Czar? Hummingbird fly? Giant Water Beetle? that are bigger than a Dobsonfly. They are incredible insects. Closest thing to Alien in this part of the world. Even the 'embryo' can kill you. (Not really).

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Posted on: 2016/7/26 19:42


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Nothing more terrifying than having one land on back of your neck at about 1:00 am while wading on the Susquehanna!!

Nothing more cool that watching one saw the wings off of a White Fly IN FLIGHT!!


Posted on: 2016/7/26 19:47


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Pretty scary things when they're flying around you and on you at night. Looks like a hellgrammite with wings.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Dobson ... OAhXF5yYKHbvtCAoQ_AUICCgB

Posted on: 2016/7/27 6:43


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Oh, the magnificent and truly terrifying dobsonfly. Yes, I live right along the Juniata and every now and then I'll find one. The best is when you're camping on an island and a huge dobsonfly comes dive bombing into your fire right over your shoulder. The funny thing about dobsonflies is that while hellgies are pretty darn common I rarely see their adult counterparts.

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A bug as big as a bird!

I've seen them on Pine Creek.


Posted on: 2016/7/27 8:25


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Quote:

flyflicker wrote:
I cannot figure out how to upload an image, but the thing was gemmie-sized. At least 4 inches long


Gemmies don't get that big.

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We always called them flying hellgrammites. I didn't know they were a different bug altogether. Is there a difference?

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Dobson Flies are what hellgrammites become. The hellgrammite is the nymph.

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OK. That's what I thought. Thanks for clearing that up, got a little confused with the posts.

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I've seen them on penns crossing the tressel with my headlamp on late at night

Posted on: 2016/7/27 12:16
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Get them on the Lehigh often. I play baseball with them while floating. Smack them with my paddle. God damn pterodactyls.

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Thanks guys. I grew up on the Breeches and never saw anything even close to the size. I just moved back to PA after 6 years down south and have been dabbling with smallmouth since it has been so hot up here this summer. I had a great day back in my old stomping grounds of the Breeches back in mid May (small wild browns have really taken off!).

Besides my first dobsonfly / devilspawn / dinosaur encounter, I was really curious if there were any legends or folklore about them and the appearance of one.

I do remember as a kid having a hellgrammite draw blood on me in Shermans Creek, but never saw one "emerged/winged".

Posted on: 2016/7/27 20:24


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If you were lucky enough to have a grandfather that took you fishing, what did he call them?

I am a history/nostalgia buff and am curious what the old timers called them....certainly not Dobsonflys

Posted on: 2016/7/27 20:31


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I was floating last summer near Ft Hunter. We had headlamps on and the guy with me was going crazy about the amount of bats buzzing his face. I didn't say a word until we had the boat on the trailer and the shined the light on the interior. 3 dobsonfly adults were crawling around. "WTF?" was their response. Lol. We hit what call a swarm. It was the most dobsonfly adults I've ever seen airborne at once. We could have netted 100 of them out of the air .....if so inclined.

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