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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-16-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I was doing a little car camping in the Elaho valley when I found this guy sitting on one of our tents.



He's not square to the can, but I believe he was almost 10cm long! Also of note, he was incredibly docile, I relocated him from the tent to a tree branch where he happily watched us get drunk for four hours. I know this because I kept checking in on him.

If it helps indentification:
-2 pairs of wings
-camping near a large swamp
-Elaho valley

So, any guesses?
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Some kinda moth.
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it is the first rider of the four horsemen, pestilence [:0]
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it is the first rider of the four horsemen, pestilence [:0]
lol...nice.
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it is the first rider of the four horsemen, pestilence [:0]
lol...nice.
Time to flee, wear battle armor next time in the bush in these parts.

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Some kinda moth.
Is the "Some Kinda Moth" endemic to the coastal regions?
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Boy are YOU ever lucky ! That is the deaded " Beer Stealing Bug". No wonder it was sitting on the branch. It hangs around your camp keeping a watchful eye on you and then when you;
A) go to the bathroom or
B) pass out, it sneaks in a drinks what is left. They are also strong enough to fly off with your stash ( the reason for the 4 wings... the need the extra lift).

They are also found in the company of the West Coast Barking Spider.
( these you can't se but you can hear them & they give off a very bad smell )
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I was doing a little car camping in the Elaho valley when I found this guy sitting on one of our tents.



He's not square to the can, but I believe he was almost 10cm long! Also of note, he was incredibly docile, I relocated him from the tent to a tree branch where he happily watched us get drunk for four hours. I know this because I kept checking in on him.

If it helps indentification:
-2 pairs of wings
-camping near a large swamp
-Elaho valley

So, any guesses?





Yep looks like you got yourself an honest-to-goodness Species of Dobson Fly.
Often found alongside riparian zones ,a little different than stone flies.
Very large.

Fly Fishing Material.





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Great Id on this insect mystery.

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