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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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April 10: Picture of the Day

April 10, 2010 at 04:36 PM

This afternoon I was actually glad to be doing this Picture a Day thing.

Normally, while driving to dump yard waste I would not bring along the camera and big lens. That’s no longer an option. Thank goodness.

Because the little creek behind the yard waste dump here in Elmwood was alive this afternoon. Enormous swarms of non-biting insects were everywhere over the creek. Evidently, there had just been a hatch.

Of what? I have no idea. I feel bad when I can’t identify a tree. Not so what I can’t identify an insect. They looked kind of like mini mayflies, only without the curved back part of their body.

With a little digging I found a cool chart that gives hatching dates for various bugs. Click here to see the chart.

After googling a bunch of bugs I’m still not sure. Maybe Stream Stalker will know. What I do know is that there were thousands and thousands of these little things everywhere. What shocked me was that there were not flocks of birds taking advantage of the hatch.

But I was there, camera in hand, wading into the swarms and trying to get pictures. And it was fun.

 

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