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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives
Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Lateral view of a Cheumatopsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Little Sister Sedge) Caddisfly Pupa from Cayuta Creek in New York
This is the first fully formed caddis pupa (technically, a pharate adult) that I've collected and photographed alive and healthy. I'll put a video of this specimen online soon, too.
GONZO
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GONZO on Apr 23, 2007April 23rd, 2007, 11:11 am EDT
This looks like a hydropsychid to me, but I'd be happy to have comments from the experts.
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Earlfishman on Apr 23, 2007April 23rd, 2007, 2:56 pm EDT
With abdominal gills like that, and the hook plates on ab. 3-5 it sure looks like a Hydropsychidae to me as well.
Litobrancha
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Litobrancha on Apr 24, 2007April 24th, 2007, 1:42 am EDT
probably cheumatopsyche... in hydropsyche/ceratopsyche the hooks at the posterior end of the abdomen are longer on the outside (distal), this one looks longer medially a la cheumatopsyche.

jason did you get this critter to emerge from the pupal shuck?
GONZO
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GONZO on Apr 24, 2007April 24th, 2007, 4:47 am EDT
Earl--thanks for the confirmation.

Lito--I suspected that this might be Cheumatopsyche, but I had no key. Thanks for the information about one of the distinguishing characters. Size, emergence timing, and wing/body colors were the things that made me lean toward Cheumatopsyche.
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Troutnut on Apr 24, 2007April 24th, 2007, 5:16 am EDT
I tried to let it emerge, but no luck.
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Earlfishman on Apr 24, 2007April 24th, 2007, 2:42 pm EDT
Lito,

Out of curiosity, do you have a reference for a key that takes Trichop pupae past family? That would be a handy thing to have access to.

Earl
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Creno on Dec 22, 2007December 22nd, 2007, 11:25 am EST
Earfishman - there is some information available for separating pupae to genus. Info for the hydropsychids is in Ross 1944.

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