Living With Mountain Streams



Warm days in February are a good time to look for winter stoneflies in Indiana. These hardy insects can often be seen basking on the sunny side of concrete bridge piers.

In low elevations, stoneflies classified as “shredders” feed on leaves from trees and other plants that fall into the water. Some stonefly species inhabit streams that are above the treeline where little plant vegetation enters the water. Leaf shredding is not an option for high elevation stoneflies. Stoneflies in these streams are collector gatherers, feeding on small particles of organic material present in the water.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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