What kind of critter is this?

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

  1. Deschutes River, Warm Springs area, late June 2012

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  2. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    ive seen those before. weird lil things
     
  3. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

  4. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

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

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

    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

    GAT Active Member

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

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    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

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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