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Arlen

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Of Two Worlds
« on: February 11, 2023, 05:11:10 pm »

Stoneflies are among that curious collection of creatures that can't seem to pick a medium and stick with it. Like other members of the so-called aquatic insects, they spend their youth in water. Then they emerge, shed their exoskeletons and underwater breathing gear, and take on new lives as air-breathing adults. This Skwala stonefly had done just that, sometime shortly before I encountered it along the shore of the McKenzie River earlier this week.
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John Hollenberg

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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2023, 06:30:39 pm »

How big is that thing?  Great photo!
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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2023, 06:42:56 pm »

Thank you, John. It was about 3/4" long, not counting antennae or tails.
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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2023, 07:11:36 pm »

Amazing!
Great catch.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2023, 07:58:31 pm »

Nice image.  I always wanted to fish a stonefly hatch.  Trout must go nuts over these chunks of protein.

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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2023, 07:03:50 am »

I like it. I love watching trout rise to a stonefly hatch.
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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2023, 02:59:44 pm »

Eric, Mark, & Bob: thank you for taking the time to look and comment.
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Leszek Piotrowski

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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2023, 05:18:10 pm »

Love the pattern on those wings,... guess that might be where this one got it's name.
The pattern, as it enfolds is intriguing,.. at least to me.

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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2023, 06:13:27 pm »

I agree, Leszek. Not only the wing patterns, but the patterns on the thorax and head often look like engravings in some ancient symbolic language.
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Re: Of Two Worlds
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2023, 08:51:38 pm »

never heard of them, but they're not the prettiest of creatures.  great capture though, even if it is a bit more detail than i want to see on a bug.   ;)
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