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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

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.

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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Kegerreism has attached these 2 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
Front angle with flash
Same bug, side angle, no flash
Greenville, NC

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Kegerreism on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 7:34 am EDT
Could use some identifying this. I live in a somewhat wooded area in eastern North Carolina. The coloration and ridge patterns are different than the bedbug pics I'm finding but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 8:51 am EDT
not a bed bug - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug
you have a beetle
Guelph, Ontario

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Jmw975 on Oct 31, 2012October 31st, 2012, 6:59 pm EDT
Looks like a Carpet Beetle (Dermestidae) of some sort to me, but I'm certainly no expert when it come to terrestrial insects!

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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Nov 1, 2012November 1st, 2012, 3:50 pm EDT
I agree, Jeff. Looks like a carpet beetle to me too. These little devils are fly tying material Enemy #1 in my neck of the woods...

Tier alert!

1. Keep your feathers and hair in thick poly bags (freezer grade or better)!. They chew right through the thin stuff.

2. They don't like mothballs but cedar doesn't seem to bother them in the least.

3. Their larvae and the damage they do look very similar to moths (that get most of the blame). Since they don't fly around like moths they are usually much harder to detect. Bottom line - if you find one of these tiny devils on a drape or wall, you probably have issues if there's a bunch of wool clothing stuffed in a closet or fly tying materials improperly stored.

4. Those that take portable tying kits with them on the road, keep them off the floor and don't leave organics laying out in your room. You don't want these hitchhikers... :(
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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