What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: what is this bug?
Location: Coventry,Ct
May 23, 2012 6:47 am
Mr.Bugman,what is this bug?My husband found it on a job site.It even attacked the tape messure when holding it up to it with his pinchers.
Signature: thanks sheri


Hi Sheri,
Try as we might, we have never been able to trace the origin or meaning of the name Hellgrammite, however it seems a very appropriate name for this Dobsonfly Larva.  If you think the larva is a fierce looking creature, take a peek at this adult male.  Dobsonflies and Hellgrammites are harmless, though it is possible to get a nip if the larva or adult female is carelessly handled.  The mandibles of the male are showstoppers, however, one need not worry about getting bitten as they are not functional for biting.  We have always suspected they are used for mating, however, we have never seen a photo to support that theory.

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

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