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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.

Dorsal view of a Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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Millcreek on Feb 17, 2016February 17th, 2016, 11:04 am EST
These were collected during the spring and summer from Mill Creek, a tributary of Dry Creek and the Russian River. They were collected from areas with a moderate flow and a gravel and cobble base. There was little filamentous algae but good growths of diatoms.

The larvae and pupae are 6-7 mm. The cases are 8 mm.

The larvae were identified using Merritt, Cummins and Berg (2008). The pupae were identified to family using the above.
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Martinlf on Feb 17, 2016February 17th, 2016, 2:31 pm EST
Great photos, as usual. Thanks!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Crepuscular on Feb 18, 2016February 18th, 2016, 3:53 am EST
Nice Matt. Interesting thing about some Apatania I seem to recall that in some places females greatly out number males and there is parthenogenesis.
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PaulRoberts on Feb 22, 2016February 22nd, 2016, 6:21 am EST

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