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Mystacides sepulchralis (Black Dancer) Caddisfly AdultMystacides sepulchralis (Black Dancer) Caddisfly Adult View 3 PicturesI captured this small caddisfly from one of many dense mating swarms under overhanging alder trees in a slow stretch of the river. There were localized rises of trout under the swarms.
Collected July 29, 2004 from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Added to Troutnut.com by on January 25, 2006

The Discussion

LitobranchaSeptember 23rd, 2006, 8:52 pm
Knoxville TN

Posts: 51
mystacides. note the folded tent like posterior portion of the wings.
GONZOSeptember 23rd, 2006, 11:05 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
A "Black Dancer" for sure. LaFontaine says that the shiny black wing is indicative of sepulchralis. However, on the Lehigh River and Mud Run I have found shiny-winged specimens and dull-winged specimens in the same swarm. And sepulchralis is the only Mystacides species in the collecting record for Carbon and Monroe counties. Still, I'd say sepulchralis is a safe bet.
TroutnutSeptember 24th, 2006, 12:43 pm
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Bellevue, WA

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You're right. I've got some much better Mystacides pictures lately with my new camera setup. I forgot I had one from the old site too.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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