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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Stonefly Genus Perlesta (Golden Stones)

This is a large genus in the Acroneuriinae subfamily that currently contains 24 species. Distribution is primarily southern though a few species make it into the East and Midwest. Perlesta placida is reportedly a common species. Only a single western species of limited importance and distribution is known for the southern Rockies.

Where & when

In 194 records from GBIF, adults of this genus have mostly been collected during June (42%), July (27%), May (18%), and August (10%).

In 34 records from GBIF, this genus has been collected at elevations ranging from 420 to 11001 ft, with an average (median) of 4117 ft.

Genus Range


To determine whether a specimen of Perlidae belongs to Perlesta, use the Key to Genera of Perlidae Nymphs.

Specimens of the Stonefly Genus Perlesta

1 Female Adult

Discussions of Perlesta

Perlesta placida
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Posted by Mad4Trout on Jul 3, 2011 in the species Perlesta placida
Last reply on Nov 27, 2011 by Mad4Trout
I don't know why "Stoneflies of the United States" has such a limited range for Perlesta placida, but we (Madmen Chapter of TU) have collected them on the Mad River, Logan Co., OH. They were reported by Gaufin (1956, Ohio J. Sci. 56 (6):321-324) in numerous counties. They have been recorded more recently by Ohio EPA.

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Stonefly Genus Perlesta (Golden Stones)

10 species (Perlesta bolukta, Perlesta dakota, Perlesta etneri, Perlesta frisoni, Perlesta fusca, Perlesta golconda, Perlesta nelsoni, Perlesta nitida, Perlesta shubuta, and Perlesta teaysia) aren't included.
Genus Range
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