Common stonefly, Agnetina capitata. The light was just right for some good photos this morning, and I had some very good subjects. I have yet to find this one anywhere else. Described by Beaty ("The Plecoptera of North Carolina," vers. 4, p. 40):
Lateral arms of M-pattern on head directed laterally; dark area between lateral ocelli sometimes lighter to median ocellus; dorsum of abdomen banded, posterior margins dark and with a triangluar mesal area anteriorly projecting forming an apparent mid-dorsal longitudinal stripe; apex of tergum 10 light with dark pigmentation faintly continuous mesally, sometimes with a small median projection directed distally.
Just a very handsome stonefly.
And a nice side view as well.
And the other beauty I found -- actually, I found three of them -- was that very colorful spiny crawler, Ephemerella subvaria.
(Enlarge and note the detail on the head. Ornately patterned.)
The leafpacks were full of two things today: pronggilled mayflies and small winter stones. Took a couple of shots of the latter. Allocapnia for sure for the genus: species -- probably pygmaea.
After a long, long dry spell it finally rained. The collecting should start to improve.