Museum Victoria Home Forest Secrets Home
link to homelink to waterlink to earthlink to climatelink to firelink to humanslink to plantslink to animallink to observationslink to learning
Stoneflies

Stoneflies

Stonefly Nymph
Stonefly nymph
Photographers - John Gooderham and Edward Tsyrlin
Stonefly adult
Stonefly adult
Photographers - John Gooderham and Edward Tsyrlin

Plecoptera

Stoneflies are a characteristic insect of the cool, flowing waters of the tall forests.

The adults fly or crawl near water's edge and the nymphs are aquatic.

The nymphs range from a few mm to 30 mm in length, have two tails on the tip of the abdomen and usually possesses abdominal gills.

The nymphs of some feed on organic matter or algae; while others prey on other aquatic invertebrates.

The adults live for a few days (possibly up to a week for some species) and do not actively feed.


© Museum Victoria Australia