winter stonefly

winter stonefly

5954   Howdy, thanks for helping ID this critter.  Found numerous specimens today on the crushed ice on rivers edge.  South Saskatchewan River near Empress, Alberta.  Owen.

 

This appears to be a winter stonefly (Plecoptera: Taeniopterygidae), so called because the adults often emerge during very late winter/early spring while snow still is on the ground. See http://tinyurl.com/mv5y8yofor more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.