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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

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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Phryganeidae Caddisfly Larva Pictures

This "specimen" is actually two caddis larvae fighting each other over a case. The case is a hollow tube; one larva would go in the back end, presumably bite the other, and chase it out. The invader crawled forward into the case while the other one fled, and then it went around to the back and bit the first one. They did this several times, and I recorded it on video.

Video Clip

Two Phryganeidae caddis larvae fighting over a case

Caddisfly larvae of this family can easily leave and re-enters their cases. I caught two of them playing musical chairs or something with this one... funny!

This caddisfly was collected from unknown in Wisconsin on March 1st, 2004 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on January 25th, 2006.

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this video is fascinating!
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Posted by Creno on Oct 22, 2011
Last reply on Oct 26, 2011 by Oldredbarn
Not sure why I didn't see this before - just another hidden wonder on your site I guess. Did you notice they seem to run around the short side of the case? I suspect they should know what side is the short side is but still..... why? Energy conservation doesn't make alot of sense since if they were conserving energy it would seem they would have quit alot earlier. What happened after they stopped? Did they start over? I thought they would have tired out way before they did. Did you have a hot light on the tray? absolutely fascinating! Thanks

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Phryganeidae Caddisfly Larva Pictures

Collection details
Location: unknown, Wisconsin
Date: March 1st, 2004
Added to site: January 25th, 2006
Author: Troutnut
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