Collection Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
Seining for Hellgrammites on Coal River in West Virginia - Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia - Digital Collections
Hellgrammites, also known as "grampus," are the fierce and succulent larvae of the dobson fly. They first hatch in late spring and hide under rocks from would-be predators, such as red-eye, bass, wall-eye, and other game fish native to Coal River. The term grampus elsewhere refers to the whip-scorpion and the hellbender, fitting companions for a larva whose pincers draw blood. Fishermen in the ...
- Date: 1999