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MillcreekJanuary 11th, 2015, 12:07 pm
Healdsburg, CA

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These are Ecdyonurus nymphs with Symbiocladius parasitizing them. They were collected from Mill Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Symbiocladius are a member of Diptera, the true flies. They attach themselves behind the wingpads and grow to maturity there without harming the Ecdyonurus nymph. They parasitize Paraleptophebia and Rhithrogena as well though not in this area.
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MillcreekJanuary 11th, 2015, 12:26 pm
Healdsburg, CA

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An added note:
Here is a pdf on Symbiocladius. http://pte.au.poznan.pl/ppe/PPE1-2007/285-291_Gilka_i_in.pdf
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EntomanJanuary 11th, 2015, 12:56 pm
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Northern CA & ID

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Fascinating, Mark. Are they just attaching themselves for pupation or are they feeding off them?
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CrepuscularJanuary 11th, 2015, 1:13 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

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COOL! thanks for posting Mark!
MillcreekJanuary 11th, 2015, 3:06 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 315
Kurt-

They feed off them. They attach themselves and feed off haemolymph (bug blood) and associated tissues.


Eric-

You're welcome.
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EntomanJanuary 11th, 2015, 5:36 pm
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Thanks, only noticed your link after posting my question. Oh, well...:)

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