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Dobsonfly

Corydalus cornutus

Aster leafhopper

John Fogal

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension


Size: 1 1/2 - 3 inches long

Description: Brown with long smoky wings with tiny white spots; large mandibles (males possess mandibles up to 3/4 inch long).

Where/When: Associated with water; are also attracted to lights and found around buildings; present July and August.

Significance: Males are harmless to people; females are unaggressive to people but could pinch the skin if they are trying to defend themselves.

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