Thursday, June 30, 2016

Insect Frenzy

This is the third in a series of posts by our intern Jeff  Jaureguy.

Day 3
June 27, 2016

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         I was spoiled this morning with an amazing Norwegian breakfast called  a smothered omelet lefse wrap at the Norske Nook.  Who would have known this beautiful gem would be in such a small town.  We packed the car and headed out of the town of Hayward towards our next field site in Washburn county on the Namekagon River at Lat: 46.02739, Long: -92.01258.  This was a very large river about 80 m wide and had a blackish brownish color.  I ended up using a dip net the whole time scouring the river for aquatic insects.  I found a lot of caddisfly pupae and casings on the bottom of the river along with some local fish, my first catch!  
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The next site we collected at was in Burnett county at the St. Croix River at Lat: 46.07568, Long: -92.7077.  This location was a very large sinuous river with a dark brown color to the water.  I collected samples using a beating sheet and stick in the river.  I found an assortment of caddisflies, stoneflies, and mayflies.  Dimitri, one of the head researchers at Illinois Natural History Survey found a megaloptera along the side of the road on the way back to the van.  It was a very intricate looking insect with a very beautiful patterned set of wings.  
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After the day sites we went home rested, had dinner and then headed back out for our three scheduled night collections utilizing UV lights.  Wow, what a long exciting 12 hour day, got to get some rest and gather energy for the next day.  Stay tuned for more excitement!    

1 comment:

  1. No, Pternarcys dorsata or pictetii. R. E. DeWalt