Adult Stage

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Mayfly, Order: Ephemeroptera


If the wings stand upright at rest and there is a small set of hind wings its probably a mayfly. Mayfies can have 2 or 3 tails.

Order: Trichoptera


Caddis have tent-like wings that are covered with fine hairs. They may also have very long antennae. Go to caddis larva.

Order: Plecoptera


Stoneflies have wings that lie flat on their body when they are at rest. Stoneflies only have 2 tails which are sometimes very short.

Dragonfly, Order: Odonata


A dragonfly’s abdomen is very long and slender. Its wings will lay flat out perpendicular to its sides.