hellgrammite


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hellgrammite:

see dobsonflydobsonfly,
common name for a group of insects of the order Megaloptera, found throughout E North America. The adults may be 5 in. (12.7 cm) long; the male has mandibles half as long as the body. They are soft-bodied insects with a fluttery flight, and are largely nocturnal.
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Desert suckers and hellgrammites had relatively narrow diets (B = 0.
Numbers indicate the frequency of each prey item in the foregut of each size category of hellgrammites.
While many of the small-bodied minnow and sunfish species support the food web here, insects are also an important component, including giant hellgrammites often preferred by large panfish and smallmouths," Richards said.