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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Updates from July 19, 2010

Updates from July 19, 2010

Closeup insects by Bnewell from the Vermillion River and Miscellaneous Montana in Montana

Caudatella edmundsi (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Vermillion River in Montana
This species was previously know only from the nymph. I reared nymphs and we described the adults and eggs of this interesting species.
Arachnida (Mites and Spiders) Arthropod Adult from Various wetlands in Montana
Water mites are common in lakes and ponds but because they are so small they do not get noticed.These specimens are from temporary wetlands in Glacier National Park.

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