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Smooth Needlefly - Despaxia augusta


Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
This is a small black stonefly in the family; Leuctridae. Like most of the species in the rolled-winged family, this species hatches early in the year often when snow is still on the ground, where they can be noticed quite easily crawling around along the banks of streams.

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 112

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Habitat
Ecology: This species inhabits creeks and small rivers but is most common in springs (Baumann, Gaufin, and Surdick 1977).

Food Habits
Merritt and Cummins (1996) report that members of this family are trophically shredder-detritivores; eating large particulate organic materials such as detritus, leaves and plants.

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