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Landscape & scenery photos from the Yakima River

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Yakima River from WA highway 10 near Teanaway, with rafters floating down. From the Yakima River in Washington.
Yakima River from WA highway 10 near Teanaway, with rafters floating down.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenJul 22, 2017
Date AddedJul 24, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon EOS 7D Mark II
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenJul 22, 2017
Date AddedJul 24, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon EOS 7D Mark II
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 1, 2017
Date AddedOct 1, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
20" rainbow caught swinging a sculpzilla through a deep riffle From the Yakima River in Washington.
20" rainbow caught swinging a sculpzilla through a deep riffle
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 1, 2017
Date AddedOct 1, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 17, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
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Closeup insects from the Yakima River

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Brachycentrus americanus (American Grannom) Caddisfly LarvaBrachycentrus americanus (American Grannom) Caddisfly Larva View 18 PicturesThis species of Brachycentrus was extremely common in mid-September kick net samples in the Yakima canyon.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Male Onocosmoecus unicolor (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly AdultMale Onocosmoecus unicolor (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Adult View 15 PicturesI first just assumed this was Dicosmoecus based on anglers' conventional wisdom since it's a large orange "October caddis," but Creno set me straight. I should have keyed it out. After another look under the microscope, it lacks an anepisternal wart on the mesopleuron (Mesopleuron: The side of the insect mesothorax, and the part to which the fore wings are attached in mayflies.), which rules out Dicosmoecus. The midtibiae have 2 apical (Apical: Close to the apex; tip or end.) spurs and 1 pre-apical (Apical: Close to the apex; tip or end.) spur, and from there the color pattern of the wing points to Onocosmoecus. The location then narrows the species to unicolor.
Collected September 17, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Male Acentrella insignificans (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly DunMale Acentrella insignificans (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun View 11 PicturesThis specimen emerged indoors from nymphs I had collected, then partly molted into a spinner but got stuck along the way. I've included a couple pictures showing some of the spinner colors. It got a bit waterlogged after emerging, so the wings aren't in perfect shape, but it still represents one of two Baetids that were emerging and drawing trout to rise on the Yakima. Based on body size and shape, it is most likely the same species as this nymph.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Female Isoperla fusca (Yellow Sally) Stonefly AdultFemale Isoperla fusca (Yellow Sally) Stonefly Adult View 13 PicturesThe family ID on this one was a little bit tricky. Just going by the size, shape, and color, it looks like Chloroperlidae. However, the second anal vein of the forewing is does not appear to be forked, and the apical (Apical: Close to the apex; tip or end.) maxillary palpal segment is close to the length of the penultimate segment, both of which rule out that family. The position of the cubitoanal crossvein (Crossvein: Short cross-wise veins in an insect wing which connect the long longitudinal (length-wise) veins.) relative to the anal cell in the forewing -- touching it in this case -- indicates Perlidae (and it really doesn't have the "look" of Perlidae at all), but other characteristics, such as the metathorastic sternacostal sutures and lack of gill remnants, point to Perlodidae. That's the right answer. Moving on to Perlodidae, the key characteristics in Merritt & Cummins lead straightforwarly to Isoperla, and the species key in Jewett 1959 (The Stoneflies of the Pacific Northwest) leads to Isoperla fusca.

There is one caveat: That source does suggest a May-July emergence, whereas this one was collected in mid-September.
Collected September 17, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Male Acentrella insignificans (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly NymphMale Acentrella insignificans (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Nymph View 10 PicturesAnother nymph probably of the same species as this one emerged and was photographed as a dun and partly-molted spinner.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
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