Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Stoneflies are giant and we have tons of them coming in the house right now. They are a sign of a healthy creek but I wish they'd stay in the creek! :-)


Blogger LonesomePolecat said...

The stonefly in the pic looks different than the ones I see
because they are normally tan/light green, not black. Same
giant creepy wings, though. They
are also a popular form of entertainment for cats!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Really? The ones I see in Danny's room are usually dark, grayish black.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jonniker said...

Oh my lord. HEEYOOOGE! Terrifying things. A sign of a healthy creek? How so?

1:12 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

J- yes, Dave told me this, and I looked into it and read that they are seen as an indicator of good water quality because they can't live in polluted or stagnant water. Biologists/ecologists look for them (as well as caddisflies and mayflies) to tell if the creek is healthy.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh, and BTW, they aren't as big as that Pic!!!!! They are about 2 inches long?

1:23 PM  
Anonymous buleria said...

Oooh, do you have caddisflies, too? They're cool in their little cases.

1:24 PM  
Blogger mireille said...

oh for God's sake. It's a cockroach with wings ... that likes to live near clean water. Did you say IN DANNY'S ROOM? Come back to the city. I'll take care of you. And thanks for your comment -- hope you got my email -- no rush to reply. just wanted to make sure you got it. xoxoxoxo

4:38 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

M- LOL. I'm not moving to a city ever again, if I can help it. Sorry, I'll take snakes and stoneflies anyday, if I can also listen to the sound of the creek and the crickets as I fall asleep at night, or look up through the skylight at a quilt of stars. :-)

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm fairly certain stoneflies have no mouths. I think their very short life is useful to fish alone and for others around here it's limited to the purpose of temporarily blinding humans as we enter a swarm of them.

We live next to a creek and so we play with them. We've had many as pets. I'm sorry ( I like them) and I probably missed my true calling of 'entomologist'.

Be well Kate. They do not bite.


8:07 AM  
Blogger glamkitty99 said...

I hope there will be netting around my new bed when I come for my next visit.


10:03 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

Eeeeeeee! It's not the idea of bugs (bugs are fine, if they keep their larvae and droppings out of my lunch), but it's the size of the photo. Eeeeeeee!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Atreau said...

That is sick, remind me never to live next to a creek!

9:22 PM  

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