Monday, April 24, 2006

Hatchel Hackle Hand & Hellgrammite?

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H is for hand, this was my hand in kindergarten

H is for Hatchel

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of this sort (..you heckle with a hatchel)...

and H is for hackle....on my roo

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and H is for Hellgrammite...have you ever seen one (or two!) before?

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The fierce-looking, winged dobsonfly has a life cycle that lasts two to five years. They have complete metamorphosis. This is sometimes referred to as ELPA: Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult. The larval stage, nicknamed a "hellgrammite,"

9 comments:

Sue said...

Nice bugs! Though they don't look like any hellgrammite I've seen before. I've seen lots like the one at
http://tinyurl.com/ztaj6
but never one that looks more like a grub. Is this just a much younger stage? They're very cool, in a giant-grub sort of way...

cyndy said...

Hi Sue-

The photo is a rare shot of the pupal stage..which may last only a few days...incredible when you think the life span is 3 to five years. They crawl out of the river in the larval stage (what you are used to seeing) they don't go very far from the river..but we sometimes find them in our garden while digging. I covered them up again and will check on their metamorphosis from time to time. I am happy to have them, they signify a healthy river.

Judith said...

Love your kindergarten hand & yer roo. Good grief, the size of the Hellgrammite is incredible! I went to the website to read up. Fascinating--and they signal a Healthy river! I had no idea these emerged from rivers. Yes, giant grubs! Great post for 'H'.

Jessica at Bwlchyrhyd said...

My god -- those bugs are huge! What do they look like when they are hatched? I can't imagine my chickens eating something that big...

cyndy said...

Hi Jessica, Hi Judith-

The larva emerge from the river every spring..mostly at night. They have LARGE pinchers up front, and look like something that crawled out from under a rock (heh heh)...one time, they made their journey from the river to world on a rainy day, and the chickens were feasting on them. I was worried that the pinchers could cut through the crop of the chicken...

Judy said...

When young, my brother put hellgrammite (adult) in my bed. I came home from babysitting, hopped in bed, felt something moving, hopped out, moved the covers then screamed! Not the best way I woke my mother up! Wonderful Brother huh?

cyndy said...

Judy!

I've heard a "story" about your dad putting a garter snake down Aunt Annie's blouse while they were sitting on "table rock" once...(I still think of it when I pass "table rock" sometimes)...
Anyway...I'd say your brother get's it honest! (and I have to laugh at the visual of you hopping out of bed! and your mom!)

Leslie Shelor said...

Great H's! I love seeing the rooster's hackle; the feathers are SO beautiful. And when I was in high school we studied a river and became intimitely acquainted with hellgrammites. It's one of my favorite words (hard to work into conversation, though)

meresy_g said...

Love the hellgrammites. I love finding them in the water but the winged stage freaks me out a little. They dive-bomb you when you're on the water. Aquatic macroinvertebrates are one of my favorite things. Especially caddisflies.

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