Tuesday, May 03, 2011


UPDATED to reflect change in identification by Dr. Art Evans :) entomologist extraordinaire. He has a regular segment on the local radio and is the author of National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America. Thanks Dr. Evans!

These things recently landed on our doorstep- quite literally!

It is called a Fishfly, from the Chauliodes genus. From the photos on the link Dr. Art Evans sent me, it looks like the Spring Fishfly.
They are HUGE. Oh and you can click on the pictures for nice BIG detailed versions!

Which makes it rather creepy to open the door and see them. Not sure why they are there, I shall have to research them.

They seem to be attracted to lights, and for some reason hang around our back door well into the morning. Weird things!
The kids are fascinated (7 year old daughter) and repelled (11 year old son) by them. But I am pretty sure that this covered nature study this week ;)