Subject: What is this?
Geographic location of the bug: West slope of the Cascades, Washington. Ele 2000 ft
Time: 01:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Saw this walking on the snow. Some kind of wood eater? There is natural hot springs in the area.
How you want your letter signed: Dylan Rhys
Because the critter in your image looks so similar to a Hellgrammite, we are concluding that it is a nymph in the same family, and that it is most likely the nymph of a Fishfly. Unfortunately, there is not much visual documentation of the larvae of western species. What excites us most about your submission is that we can tag your posting as a Snow Bug.