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John_don04March 7th, 2007, 5:56 pm
Northeastern,PA

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First I would like to say how happy I am that I found this web site ! I am relatively new to the sport & think its a great site!! I was hiking along the Lehigh on 3/4/07 & noticed insects from 1/2" to 1 1/8 inches long crawling on the snow pack.Both were brownish black in color. And unfortunately, I don't have pictures .The smaller size had 2 tails & the latter none.Jason Neuswanger believes,by the info I provided him.That they are Early Brown or Black -Stoneflies.Any additional help would be appreciated!And I need all the help I can get!! One other question. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good Field - Pocket Guide for insect identification for PA ? JWD
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MartinlfMarch 7th, 2007, 6:22 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2879
Several people recommended this book for PA bugs; I've found it to be excellent:

Ames book
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
John_don04March 14th, 2007, 4:48 pm
Northeastern,PA

Posts: 3
Louis ,
Thank You for the info !! I apoligize for not replying sooner . I've been away . John
JWD
MartinlfMarch 14th, 2007, 5:18 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2879
No problem. If you get a chance let us know what you think of the book. Tight lines.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
John_don04March 15th, 2007, 5:06 pm
Northeastern,PA

Posts: 3
I'll do that . Thanks !
JWD
GONZOMarch 17th, 2007, 5:38 pm
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Hi John,

It's nice to hear from someone who hails from my old stomping grounds in NE PA. I agree with Jason that the dark flies on the snow pack were probably early black or brown stonefly species. Aside from midges and the odd winter caddisfly, these "snowflies" are the most commonly encountered winter species. The Lehigh has a wealth of stonefly species that are important throughout the season. Where were you on the Lehigh--the Gorge, or the upper river above the F.E.W.?

Best,
Gonzo

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