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Hellgrammite (Dobsonfly Larva) - Corydalus cornutus These larvae are big, ferocious, and give a painful bite. In this photo, you can see the mouthparts.<br />
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Habitat: Woodland pond/stream Corydalus cornutus,Easter Dobsonfly,Fall,Geotagged,United States,dobsonfly larva,helgrammite,larva Click/tap to enlarge

Hellgrammite (Dobsonfly Larva) - Corydalus cornutus

These larvae are big, ferocious, and give a painful bite. In this photo, you can see the mouthparts.

Habitat: Woodland pond/stream

    comments (4)

  1. I just love the word "Hellgrammite". As if just "hell" wasn't long enough. Posted 8 days ago
    1. I talked to it in my most soothing voice and the little stinker just kept biting me, over and over again.

      Lol, you are consistent in your comment:
      Hellgrammite (Dobsonfly Larva) - Corydalus cornutus These larvae are big, ferocious, and give a painful bite. I feel bad for any creature that crosses their path, including myself.<br />
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Habitat: River's edge; It was stranded on the rocks in a floodplain area and I was attempting to move it back to the water, but dropped it several timed because it kept biting me. Corydalus,Corydalus cornutus,Easter Dobsonfly,Geotagged,Hellgrammite,Spring,United States,dobsonfly larva,larva
      Posted 8 days ago, modified 8 days ago
      1. Oh wow...that looks like recycling a joke yet believe me I thought this new one was 100% original! Posted 8 days ago
        1. And, that makes it cute and even funnier than intended. Posted 8 days ago

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The eastern dobsonfly, ''Corydalus cornutus'', is a large insect in the Corydalidae family. It is found in eastern North America in regions with fast-flowing streams where its aquatic larvae develop. These are known as hellgrammites and are among the top invertebrate predators in the streams in which they live. They are used by anglers as bait.

Similar species: Alderflies, Fishflies, Etc.
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 15, 2020. Captured Oct 15, 2020 12:56 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/166s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm