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puzzled in Pa?
Location: western Pa
May 22, 2011 10:00 pm
My boyfriend and I were out walking along the shore of the Ligonier Creek in western Pa, we spotted a nice location to sit and talk on a couple of larger rocks. My boyfriend picked up a smaller rock to skip across the creek when we came accross this insect. We both love being outdoors but we never saw a bug like this before. So we picked it up put it in a container and brought it home with us for further analysis. WE ARE STUMPED!! Can you help? We would like to release it back into the wild tomorrow. Thanks alot!
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Hellgrammite

Dear puzzled in Pa,
This is a Hellgrammite, the larval form of a Dobsonfly.  If you think this larva is impressive, you should check out some images of adult male Dobsonflies in our archive.

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

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