One of the virtues of staying where we do in Missoula is that Grant Creek runs through our backyard. So, I get to photograph insects before I head out to the streams to catch those big, beautiful trout.
I'm at a disadvantage -- I have to work on a Windows machine: sure miss my iMac that's sitting at home. That means I don't have the editing software that I normally use, so these photos will look a bit rough. Still, I'd better make a start on these photos and clean them up when I get home.
Some of the insects I found I've identified before -- others require microscope work when I get home. That being said let me show you some of the beautiful insects that live in this tiny creek.
1. Above, a small minnow mayfly, and I'm pretty sure it's one that we see in VA as well, Baetis tricaudatus.
2. The spiny crawler mayfly that I always see at this time of year in Montana, Drunella coloradensis. Comes in lots of different colors.
3. A freeliving caddisfly larva! First one I've ever seen out here. Genus Rhyacophila (there's only one genus): species, unknown. This appears to be R. Grandis Gr. See, http://www.flyfishingentomology.com/PNW%20Caddisflies.htm#Rhyacophila: "Distinguished by two clusters of gills on each side of most abdominal segments. Front 2/3 of the head usually dark and the posterior mostly light in color. Pronotum is usually light with a dark stripe down the middle."
4. Common netspinner, Arctopsyche grandis. Identified this one last year. Neat pix!
5. A Glossosomatid (Saddle-case maker) -- genus and species unknown. Have to work on this one.
6. Flatheaded mayfly, Epeorus for sure, and probably E. deceptivus. More work when I get home. Lots of these nymphs on the rocks.