Recently, staff visited a couple of past streambank stabilization projects while also looking at some sites for the 2023 construction season (which gets underway in March!!!).
At a site that had streambank stabilization done in 2018 and trees planted in 2019, we found this guy.
The stonefly in this photo is an adult Allocapnia (genus) in the family Capniidae, more commonly known as the “Tiny Winter Blacks” or “Snowflies”. They typically emerge as adults during the coldest part of the winter. So, the adults have very short, non-functional wings (visible in the photo), because air temperatures are often too cold for insects to fly during frigid winter days. Instead of flying, adult Allocapnia stoneflies move around by crawling on snow, ice, substrates, and vegetation (including trees).
Thanks to Dave Rebuck for sharing this entomology lesson!
Thank you to all the landowners who work with us, and all the donors who make it possible to reduce sediment and clean-up local streams.