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MillcreekMarch 6th, 2015, 11:08 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 315
These are common in the Russian River and Mill Creek. They're usually
present from February through June. These were keyed out using Merritt, Cummins and Berg (2008).

The first few pictures were taken of specimens preserved in alcohol and they have lost most of their color. The pictures were taken to show some of the features which separate them from Brachycentrus and Micrasema spp.

Cases are approximately 15 mm long and larvae about 10 mm long. They're usually found on torrent sedge or algae laden rocks.
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MartinlfMarch 6th, 2015, 12:12 pm
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Palmyra PA

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features which separate them from Brachycentrus and Micrasema spp.


Mark, could you elaborate, specifying those features? Also thanks again for the photos. Stunning.
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MillcreekMarch 6th, 2015, 1:51 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 315
Mark, could you elaborate, specifying those features?


Brachycentrus would have different legs, with a longer femora and a tibia with a prominent spur.

Micrasema would have the pronotal groove curving anteriorly, with the ends of the groove usually meeting the anterior margin.

Amiocentrus would have a shorter femora, a tibia without a prominent spur,
the ends of the pronotal groove not meeting the anterior margin and a mesonotal sa1 with a solitary setae on each side.
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CrepuscularMarch 7th, 2015, 7:09 am
Boiling Springs, PA

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Nice post Mark! I see a fair number of Micrasema here in PA. I love seeing your western bugs!
GutcutterMarch 7th, 2015, 9:48 am
Pennsylvania

Posts: 470
Way cool! Great photos, as usual, Mark
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MillcreekMarch 7th, 2015, 10:10 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 315
Eric and Gutcutter-

Thanks, glad you enjoyed them.
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