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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Chironomidae (Midge) True Fly Adult from Mystery Creek #62 in New York
One of the only real benefits I've got from my rearing aquarium so far is that I've had quite a variety of midges emerge, giving me a chance to photograph these fragile little insects which are otherwise really hard to transport in photogenic form. This one recovered from being gassed and flew away before I could photograph it on the ruler, but it was very small, around 1.5mm.
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Gatruk on Jan 29, 2010January 29th, 2010, 9:19 am EST
I am searching to find effective ways of cultivating chronomidaes, what kind of best cheap an effective medium that I should use , what are there lifecycles . lifespans an their behaviors. Thanks for letting me to join the forum.
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Taxon on Jan 29, 2010January 29th, 2010, 3:59 pm EST

Chironomids (members of true fly family Chironomidae) are a diverse group numbering ~1233 identified North American species, and still counting. They are found in most waters, from sewage treatment ponds to mountain streams, and everything in between. However, attempts to propagate chironomids have been largely unsuccessful, mostly owing to the inability to induce swarming and mating of chironomid adults in captivity. In other words, you can lead them to water, but you can't make them ..... Hmm, bad joke, that. Anyway, for more information, see this article.
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Roger Rohrbeck
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Martinlf on Jan 30, 2010January 30th, 2010, 8:43 am EST
Just the kind of joke I'd expect from you Roger. ;> But with that one-liner you did leave yourself open, knowing I'd be lurking.

Oh, now I get it; this was a setup. You got your buddy Gatruk to post the chromomidae question, so you could reply, and here I am stepping into the trap.

But, I must admit, I kinda liked the joke.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on Jan 30, 2010January 30th, 2010, 12:07 pm EST
Hi Louis-

Wouldn't want to disappoint you.

Best regards,
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck

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