What kind of critter is this?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Matt Baerwalde, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    Deschutes River, Warm Springs area, late June 2012

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  2. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    ive seen those before. weird lil things
  3. Taxon Moderator

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  4. Joe Goodfellow Active Member

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    That's a cool fly its amazing how wonderful our Mother Earth is
  5. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    Thanks Taxon! Some good info in that link. The common name is okay, but not quite as cool as what I dubbed them: "flying giraffe ant." I knew it wasn't an ant but it does have an ant-like head.
  6. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I always thought they looked like the inspiration for the Klingon Bird of Prey.

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    I don't know much about them except they are Megaloptera and like most others of that Order are predatory. If you've ever been pinched by a Hellgramite, also Megaloptera, you know they can have an attitude.
  7. GAT Active Member

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    Trapper, Klingon was going to be my answer.
  8. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I see those in this area quite often. Always wondered if the fish pay them any attention.
  9. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    I dated a girl once who was getting her doctorate in entomology. Brought this thing home and asked her what it was. She says "it's a bug". Really stretched the education there, she did!
  10. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    There's hordes of them in California where I live. They bite my neck all of the time. Dirty little snakes