what IS this nasty thing!?
May 6, 2010
i live in northeastern ontario, just south of algonquin park (minden, ontario). the other day, my cat brought one of these nasty uglies into the house. it was literally lunging at the cat and the dog. i scooped it into a cup and pitched it out into the yard. the next morning, a blue jay was attacking one in the front yard and having a hell of a time of it. that night, the dog brought one in. i’ve been told these are not native to my region – what gives?!
Hi there threenorns,
This picture is quite intriguing. Your dog and cat are transfixed by a Hellgrammite, the larva of a Dobsonfly, and it is a local species for you. Fishermen love to use Hellgrammites as live bait. We are setting your letter and photo to post next Wednesday, the last day of our trip back to Ohio to visit with mom.