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Scaley bug with pinchers on head?
Location: Hector, Arkansas
May 2, 2011 2:05 am
We ran across this bug at a Girl Scout campout. It cause quite the commotion as it was in one of the bath houses and most of the little girls wanted to squish it. (No, we did not allow that!) Other girls were facinated by this creepy crawly. All of us adults just want to know what is that big?
Thanks for any help you can give.
Signature: ~Jen from Arkansas

Hellgrammite

Hi Jen,
This formidable larva is known as a Hellgrammite, and it will eventually metamorphose into the fierce looking, bug harmless Dobsonfly, a flying giant with substantial mandibles.  You can find countless images of both Dobsonflies and Hellgramites on our website including this one.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Arkansas

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