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dustin wrote at 2009-05-28 03:39:48
umm the guy with answer here obviously has never seen one in his life, unlike me and brent up there,  I live in Texas I dont know brent but I too have seen this flying crab is what I like to call it.   I have seen it twice in my life One of them was actually dead in the back of my moms car for several months.  and the other one I actually saw flying around.   It stopped right in front of me for a second and flew away.  I have no clue what it was but it had one pincher on it and it was just like a crab except it was a turqoise color.

Bob wrote at 2010-08-12 03:41:23
I've seen an insect described exactly as you described in MO Thats what im doing is trying to figure out what in the hell that thing was the one i saw was about 8in in length Crazy looking

LindaLou wrote at 2012-06-21 17:05:43
In 1990, I encountered only what I could say was a "flying lobster bug".  This was in my garden, during the summer, in Pennsylvania.  It had the tail of a lobster, claws like a lobster,dragon fly wings and was chasing a huge black wasp.  The bug was a brick red color.  It caught up with the wasp and cut the wasp in half with its claw and then fell on it and devoured it.  Five other people saw this bug on the same day.  I have been searching for info on this bug for 22 years because I see that other people through out this counrty have seen this elusive bug.  I even went on a site for insects in w africa, as a recently read a book on a woman who was a victorian era explorer and she described the same insect in the jungles there. This bug could have come over to America via a cargo ship.

Carlos wrote at 2013-08-04 14:23:53
I have seen this insect 3 times in my life. Don't know what it is but it's no Dobsonfly. And yes is does have pincher like claws like a crab. One larger than the other. And it strikes like a scorpion with its stinger.

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I`ve been studying entomology for some 20 years, and I`ve been answering questions about insects on the net for nearly a decade now, and am familiar with virtually all groups of insects, both in North America and elsewhere. My greatest expertise is with bees, but I also work with wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies, and moths. If I don`t know the answer to a question, I can generally direct folks to a book or person who *can*. But no spider questions please, I don`t do arachnids.

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