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DayTripperJanuary 13th, 2014, 7:11 pm
Northern MI

Posts: 70
We had a warm up over the weekend here in northern Michigan so I got out of the house and fished a local stream. Stumbled across this caddis adult and was wondering if anyone had any clue as to what it might be. Body length from head to the rear wingtip is 11mm. It was the only one I saw, walking around on the snow right at the water's edge. Any ideas? Thanks!
TaxonJanuary 13th, 2014, 8:26 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1294
Alex-

My guess would be Frenesia missa, but Dave will know for sure.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
DayTripperJanuary 13th, 2014, 9:23 pm
Northern MI

Posts: 70
Gracias!
CrenoJanuary 13th, 2014, 10:23 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 295
Yup - nice pics - I think it is Frenesia - pretty dark and a little small. You cannot determine species without looking at its private parts At that size and location I was hoping for something like Chilostigma - so far found during winter in a few very small spring habitats exposed in winter because they are warm enough to melt the snow above. Chilostigma should be also wandering on the snow around the spring opening. Not much else known about them and who knows what you might find really unusual in the winter because no one really collects then. Did you keep it?
DayTripperJanuary 13th, 2014, 10:55 pm
Northern MI

Posts: 70
Yeah, it died last night, but I've still got it sitting on my fly tying bench under a vial.
PaulRobertsJanuary 13th, 2014, 11:26 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Good call Roger, and great response Dave!

Yes, and nice images DT.

Very cool.
CrenoJanuary 14th, 2014, 1:14 am
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 295
If ya send it to me I will put a species on it. It's a female but I should be able to separate them cuz it looks in good condition. We will see how good Roger did with his key by geography :-) He is probably right on this one because there are alot of reported records for this genus and, so far, missa is the only one reported this far west. I will send address by PM. If it is dry, just put in tissue and into small vial. Then in something to mail so vial does not get crushed. Parts may come off a dry specimen but should still be able to identify.
CrepuscularJanuary 14th, 2014, 9:15 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 919
Cool to see some bugs! Interesting caddis for sure.
LastchanceJanuary 14th, 2014, 9:32 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
That makes me eager for the good bugs to come. It won't be long.
CrenoJanuary 22nd, 2014, 11:17 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 295
Daytripper - your critter arrived in fine shape and is a female Frenesia missa. Roger rules!
creno
TaxonJanuary 23rd, 2014, 12:46 am
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1294
Dave-

That's kind of you to say, but "you da man".

Incidentally, apart from my belief that Frenesia difficilis has yet to be identified in MI, my belief was also that the reported length (11 mm.) was too short for F. difficilis, and just right for F. missa.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
DayTripperJanuary 23rd, 2014, 8:29 am
Northern MI

Posts: 70
I love this place, thanks to all for your help identifying this one. As far as northern MI fly fishing hatch charts are concerned, this bug doesn't exist. Kind of cool to know these are possibly out there in the winter.
PaulRobertsJanuary 23rd, 2014, 9:01 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
WTG Roger, and Dave.

DT, as far as the trout are concerned, it may not exist either, due to time of year, habitat, and habits. But ... there may be places and times. Look up Frenesia and see what is said about them. It can pay to know what to be looking for.
TaxonJanuary 23rd, 2014, 9:44 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1294
Hi Alex-

Caddisflies by Gary LaFontaine has a comprehensive writeup on genus Frenesia, in which Gary indicates "they survive into the winter and are commonly seen on snowdrifts even in January."
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
DayTripperJanuary 24th, 2014, 9:14 am
Northern MI

Posts: 70
WTG Roger, and Dave.

DT, as far as the trout are concerned, it may not exist either, due to time of year, habitat, and habits. But ... there may be places and times. Look up Frenesia and see what is said about them. It can pay to know what to be looking for.


True, but there is always hope...

I'll have to pull Caddisflies back off the shelf.
PaulRobertsJanuary 24th, 2014, 4:51 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Yes!

"Hope springs eternal" or maybe "Hope brings eternal spring?" :)

GutcutterJanuary 26th, 2014, 11:22 am
Pennsylvania

Posts: 470
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
-Rogers Hornsby

I think this puts it into perspective for flyfishermen as well as ball players...
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
LastchanceJanuary 26th, 2014, 3:46 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
-Rogers Hornsby

I think this puts it into perspective for flyfishermen as well as ball players...



Antonio, I agree with Rogers, but I couldn't wait for Spring. I fished Bobs Creek today for about 90 minutes in a blizzard and 13 degrees. I need to catch a trout for January and time is running out. Well, the creek was nearly frozen shut except for a small trough down the middle. My entire leader turned into an ice rope and I couldn't tell if I had a take or not. I guess I don't really need to tell you I caught no fish. It was a pretty scene though.

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