Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery Bug
Lately I've been noticing a strange insect around my town, up here in Wausau, Wisconsin. It is strange to see such a large amount of the same insect this early in the year. I caught one and tried to identify it but no results show up on any site I could find. It has a thin, long black body, long dark gray wings, two long antenna and it's body and wings are only about 17mm long. It flies, but not very far. It looks similar to the queen ants that come out later in the year, but it definitely is not an ant. If you could help me figure out what it is, that would be great!
Lucy age 13
This is a stonefly, order Plecoptera. The larvae are aquatic so are common around rivers and lakes. Adults are attracted to lights. The adults are harmless and often appear in peaks of abundance, often in spring, during the year. As a developing entomologist (larva? or nymph?) you might be interested in these books: http://www.livingwithbugs.com/aqu_ent.html