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Woman films weird bug crawling on the street

By T.K. Randall
May 8, 2020 · Comment icon 6 comments

What exactly is this thing ? Image Credit: YouTube / Nicole Doctor / Pen News
Nicole Doctor had been walking her dog in Atlanta, Georgia when she encountered this peculiar creature.
The bizarre insect, which featured a long green body, folded wings and a number of long tentacle-like feelers protruding from its head, was unlike anything that she had ever seen before.

"It was squirming around violently so it immediately captured my attention when I was six feet away from it," she said. "When I got closer I noticed ants crawling over its back, probably trying to eat it."

Grabbing her phone, she captured footage as the creature squirmed around on the concrete.

"Its eyes were jutting from the sides of its head, similar to a hammerhead shark," she said. "The wings dragged along the ground, wet and clinging to themselves."
"I almost thought the insect was a huge mutant dragonfly when I saw the wings."

The video quickly racked up thousands of views on social media with users debating over exactly what type of insect this could be.

Most concluded that it was most likely a dobsonfly.

"That is indeed the eastern dobsonfly," said Lyle Buss from the University of Florida's Insect Identification Lab. "That bug is not doing very well."

By the time Nicole had passed the same spot again the following day, the insect was gone.

Source: YouTube | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
I think as the insects start coming out and people see them more than before, there are going to be a lot more questions 'what is this'.   
Comment icon #2 Posted by cathya 4 years ago
  Gee, I almost feel sorry for that poor bug. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry 4 years ago
It's a male dobsonfly. Pretty gnarly looking critters. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Reminds me of the time late 80s my buddy gets me to take me to his gfs house because she said some big nasty bug was after her, Here is a web pic of same type, So im all jazzed up and when i see it its huge, almost as big as my hand we assume its deadly, i safely grab it take it home, this was pre internet i had to hit the library, Turns out its a whip scorpion or vinegaroon, They are pretty much harmless to humans they just look nasty, the tail whips around no stinger, but i learned the hard way how they get the name vinegaroon they spray a concentrated vinegar and if you arent expecting it o... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Princess Serenity 4 years ago
Ew. That's one nasty looking bug! No thank you.
Comment icon #6 Posted by fred_mc 4 years ago
I recognize that bug. It has already been posted as weird-looking bug at least twice here during the past years I think.

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