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DiverSeptember 11th, 2016, 10:21 pm
Northern Ontario

Posts: 2
Hi there, I found this insect skittering on the surface of a lake. Is this a terrestrial insect that blew onto the water? I cannot find a similar picture. I thought it might be a caddis species. This was in northern ontario on a canadian shield lake.

Thank you, Richard
TaxonSeptember 12th, 2016, 1:04 am
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1267
Hi Richard-

I believe it to be the aquatic moth, Lomographa semiclarata (Bluish Spring Moth).
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MillcreekSeptember 12th, 2016, 11:53 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 295
Roger,

I believe it to be the aquatic moth, Lomographa semiclarata (Bluish Spring Moth).


I think it's likely L. semiclarata as well, but it's not aquatic as far as I can determine. The larvae feed on alders, chokecerries, juneberries, hawthorns, poplars and Prunus sp. I can't determine where it pupates, but there are no references to underwater pupation.

Mark
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-Albert Einstein
TaxonSeptember 12th, 2016, 12:53 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1267
Mark-

Yes, I should have said non-aquatic. :-)
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MillcreekSeptember 12th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 295
Roger,

Just keeping you honest :).
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-Albert Einstein
DiverSeptember 12th, 2016, 4:15 pm
Northern Ontario

Posts: 2
Hello and thank you! I had a great deal of fun last night after posting using various keys trying to come up with the species. I did not come anywhere close to the right guess! Thanks again Taxon and Millcreek.

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