I’m posting in hopes that someone can identify the insect in this photo. I took this picture as I was entering a mall in my neighborhood a few days ago.
I was startled when I saw this bug on the front door because it was over 2 inches long and appeared to be able to bit or sting. In spite of the “danger” the photographer in me took over and I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone.
I guess I got too close because after I took this photograph it immediately flew away. After waving my arms wildly in self defense, I looked around to see where it had gone, but it was nowhere in sight.
I continued into the mall and thought that this was the end of my encounter with the mysterious insect.
Fifteen minutes later while I was talking to a clerk he pointed and asked “is that huge thing on your shoulder real!”
This big bug had been calmly sitting on my shoulder as I walked through the mall.
I was able to brush it away and it flew up into a light fixture.
I’m still amazed that I wasn’t stung or bitten.
If you know what type of insect this is and if it does in fact sting, please leave a comment.
I’m curios to know if I was ever in any danger.