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Finally got an October Caddis

By Troutnut on September 29th, 2017
I've been itching to photograph one of these for years and had an unexpected opportunity tonight when this one flew into a house full of aquatic scientists. It's the first insect I've collected for this site by chasing it around a kitchen with a tupperware container.

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington

Female Dicosmoecus gilvipes (October Caddis) Caddisfly AdultFemale Dicosmoecus gilvipes (October Caddis) Caddisfly Adult View 16 PicturesI've been hoping to add a really good October Caddis to the photo collection here for years, but so far I had struck out on finding them on the river. Tonight, this one flew into the kitchen during a pizza party at a house along the river, and was quickly pointed out -- one of the perks of hanging out with other aquatic biologists! Maybe next year I can finally get a salmonfly on taco night or something.
Collected September 29, 2017 from the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 29, 2017

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CrenoSeptember 30th, 2017, 5:23 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 276
Great Dicosmoecus pics Jason. I presume you kept it :-) The globular 9th I think I am seeing and the very dark, contrasting vein coloration are more typical of D. gilvipes. If you kept it take a good look at the spur count. D. atripes is 1-2-2 while D. gilvipes is 1-3-4. From what I can see the meso-tibia in several of the pics have 3 spurs. However, I am fairly sure fish don't count spurs :-) Have fun
creno
TroutnutSeptember 30th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Administrator
Fairbanks, AK

Posts: 2429
Thanks Dave. I was wondering about that, after looking up the paper with the spur counts after taking the pictures. I thought from the pictures it looked more like 1-2-2, but your comment prompted me to go back and check it under the dissecting microscope. It's 1-3-4, clear as day. I just don't have as good an eye for spurs versus those smaller spikes on the legs in the photos, but the difference was really obvious under the scope.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WiflyfisherOctober 6th, 2017, 6:47 am
Wisconsin

Posts: 593
Jason, excellent!

Now that WI has an extended inland trout season I have been on the hunt for the elusive Great Autumn Brown Sedges (Pycnopsyche), especially the pupae. So far no success.
John S.
http://www.WiFlyFisher.com

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