What is this?

I was letting the dogs out this evening and I turned around and saw this.  It nearly scared me.  I have no idea what it is.  It looked like a cross between a big cockroach and a beetle. 

Anyone know what kind of insect this is?  Please let me know. Below are a few shots.  More can be found at My Flickr Page.

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3 Responses

  1. gawd, plz tell me you killed this thing before the Men in Black got there and captured it.

  2. I thought about it, but I was scared it family would come attack me.

  3. I found out what it is. It is called a Dobsonfly. I found it first at the following web page.

    http://www.whatsthatbug.com/

    Then looked it up at Wikipedia.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobsonfly

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