Location: Mojave River, Southern Califorina
July 4, 2011 3:40 pm
We were at the Mojave River and saw this bug in the water. It kinda looks like a larva of some sort, but in all honesty i have no idea what it is and was hoping you would be able to identify it for us.
Thanks for your time
Signature: The Green Family
Dear Green Family,
This is the larva of a Dobsonfly, commonly called a Hellgrammite. Most of our specimens are of the Eastern Dobsonfly, though several species are known to range in California, however they are not well documented. This is one of the Western Dobsonflies. See BugGuide for additional information.