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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.

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Onocosmoecus (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva Pictures

See the forum discussion for discussion with a caddis expert (Dave Ruiter / Creno) about the identification of this specimen. I'm a bit perplexed because some gills seem to have more than 4 branches, which would lead in a different direction at Couplet 18 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae, but Dave knew his stuff a lot better than I did. He was convinced this is Onocosmoecus. The current range maps would put this in Onocosmoecus unicolor as the only option, but he believed there are probably multiple not-yet-distinguished species under that umbrella and suggested keeping this one's ID at the genus level for that reason.

This caddisfly was collected from the Chena River in Alaska on May 10th, 2008 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on April 20th, 2011.

Discussions of this Larva

one of the dicosmoecins
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Posted by Creno on Apr 26, 2011
Last reply on Apr 28, 2011 by Troutnut
Most likely Onocosmoecus but I want to look at a couple critters.
I like the new site look. It will take awhile to look around.

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Onocosmoecus (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva Pictures

» Genus Onocosmoecus (Great Late-Summer Sedges)
Collection details
Location: Chena River, Alaska
Date: May 10th, 2008
Added to site: April 20th, 2011
Author: Troutnut
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