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MartinlfNovember 26th, 2006, 5:46 pm
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Palmyra PA

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Jason, thanks for giving pictures of bug bellies when you've been able. This is what I want to see when tying, and I'd suggest that you include them whenever you can.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutNovember 27th, 2006, 11:03 pm
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Bellevue, WA

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Thanks.

That was actually one of the main reasons I started photographing insects and building this website. The color plates in my mayfly books are all well and good, but it's pretty hard to see the belly color. That's understandable from the perspective of a publisher who wants to fill his limited space with attractive, elegant side shots, but it's frustrating for a tier to try and guess what color that shaded half-hidden underbelly really is. The Internet was the perfect answer to that little problem.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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