Subject: Satan’s spawn
Location: Northern Maine
May 29, 2016 6:34 pm
Any idea what this could be? Was in northern Maine near The Forks and river. Quite a few around. Bleeeeeech!
Signature: Nanci “I’m not touching that” Sullivan


Dear Nanci,
This is the larva of a Dobsonfly, and we are very amused at your subject line because Dobsonfly Larvae are known as Hellgrammites, and we have never to our satisfaction been able to determine the etymology of that name, which might actually mean “Satan’s Spawn.”  Though they are not considered dangerous, Hellgrammites can deliver a painful pinch that might even draw blood in some instances.  Hellgrammites are a prized bait for freshwater fishermen.

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