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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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 Stenonema ithaca (Heptageniidae) (Light Cahill) Mayfly Nymph from Paradise Creek in Pennsylvania
This specimen seems to be of the same species as a dun I photographed which emerged from another nymph in the same sample.
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Taxon on Jun 5, 2007June 5th, 2007, 9:52 am EDT
Maccaffertium is a Latinized version of the name of the world-renowned mayfly systematist, W. Patrick McCafferty. And, mediopunctatum is constructed from roots of medi- meaning middle, and punct- meaning point, so I assume this species has some distinctive feature midpoint in its anatomy. Assuming my logic is valid, perhaps someone else can tell you what the feature is.

The distribution of this species is confined to the states and provinces lying east of the N. American continental divide.
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Schuylkill County, PA.

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Quillgordon on Jun 5, 2007June 5th, 2007, 11:37 am EDT
Taxon,
OK....... I understood the Maccaffertium, but didn't get the 'mediopunctatum' ending. I had two years of German, but no Latin.
This one has a mark down the center of its back( dorsal), maybe that has some relevenance. I don't recall that particular marking on my specimens, but they have those distinctive markings on the belly(ventral side). I find those markings very interesting.

John...
Flyfishing is a state of mind! .............. Q.g.

C/R........barbless

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