What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

what is this?
May 31, 2009
we were camping with our kids and found this under a rock around an old fire pit.. we went to another camp site and found 2 more there also in the fire pit.. It has 6 large legs under it and very strong pinchers. it was about 3 inches in length. we have never seen anything like this before and dont know if it is harmful or not..
cautious campers
in the adirondack region of ny state

Hellgrammite

Hellgrammite

Dear cautious campers,
This is a spectacular Hellgrammite, the larval form of a Dobsonfly.  We are sorry our reply took so long, but today we are randomly selecting from among our unanswered mail.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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