posted on Jul, 28 2014 @ 02:02 PM
originally posted by: Destinyone
a reply to: canucks555
We get those nasties in the N. Ga, Mountains. I used to collect the larva for our local science teacher for his classes.
Dobson Fly Larva
They are big suckers too...
We've got 'em in southwestern Va Mountains, too. I used to catch and use the larval helgrammites for fishing bait - catfish love 'em.
The adult Dobson Flies used to fly around a mercury light we had in the yard when I was growing up. I saw a puppy go up to investigate one that was on
the ground once, which got nailed on the nose with those pinchers, and I can't recall EVER hearing such a racket of puppy screaming until I went and
got the thing off of him.
The ones we have here have a wingspan of about 5 or 6 inches, and look pretty formidable.