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Old 07-11-2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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Though both male and female dobsonflies have sharp mandibles, those of an adult male dobsonfly are actually so big up to 1 inch (25 mm) that they are unable to harm humans, as they have such poor leverage that they are incapable of breaking the skin. Their mandibles are used exclusively during mating, where males show them off and grasp the females during copulation. Female dobsonflies, however, retain the short, powerful pincers they had as larvae, so they can inflict painful bites, which can draw blood. Notwithstanding the males' inability to inflict harm, when threatened both sexes will raise their heads and spread their jaws menacingly. They are not venomous, but possess an irritating, foul-smelling anal spray as a last-ditch defense.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:22 PM   #12
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I don't care what wikipedia says... I wouldn't touch it with your finger. If these things are going to become an everyday thing, I'm going to begin carrying a Desert Eagle.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #13
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Hey man, I'm not denying they're creepy. We used to dig their larvae out of the river to use for bait. They're called Helgrimites and they'll pinch the sh1t out of you if you're not careful. Ouch!
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:46 PM   #14
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After a few years of living and growing underwater, the larvae crawl out onto land and pupate. They stay in their cocoons over the winter and emerge only to mate. Upon emerging, they live for only seven days. While not generally believed to eat during their adult stage, some captive female specimens have been observed with their heads burrowed into blackberries[citation needed].
Well, I can tell you what fruit I won't be eating anymore...
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From Wikipedia:Their mandibles are used exclusively during mating, where males show them off and grasp the females during copulation.
Okay, I have a whole new opinion on these little guys now. They ROCK!
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Lmao... That can be their good quality.
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dont worry. im CPR and AED certified now... everyone stand back away from Shadow...and CLEAR!!!!
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Oh hell no!! There are picture of people holding this thing. Apparently its called a Dobsonfly... More like Satan's little helper...

Sheesh! I hope they don't inject their larvae into your ears while you're sleeping, or anything like that.
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Interestingly enough, my co-worked has a huge swell on his arm and 2 marks. He said he doesn't know what happened, but thinks it might be a spider bite. He says he's going to the doctor, but it looks like someone snuck a baseball up under his skin. And the bite marks are spread far apart, which could be a result from the swelling. Of course in my typical humerous fashion, I told him I'd go get an electric saw and begin to amputate.
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Well, I was just about to eat lunch until I saw that revolting bug. Do those things fly?
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