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Large populations of Ostrocerca prolongata and Leuctra duplicata developed in a small intermittent stream in the foothills of the Laurentian Highlands of Quebec. Both species were univoltine in 1974-1975. Ostrocerca prolongata started emerging in mid-to late May. followed by L. duplicata about 2 weeks later. The emergence periods lasted 3-4 weeks with similar patterns in both sexes. Ostrocerca prolongata laid its eggs before the stream dried up in early July. while L. duplicata oviposited just afterward. The eggs of both species did not hatch before October when flow had resumed; the prolonged incubation was due to a diapause in Ostrocerca, but to a depressed development rate in Leuctra. Nymphal growth continued through winter and accelerated considerably in May in both populations. Despite much overlap in timings of the life cycles and in size-frequency distributions of the nymphs. there appeared to be little competition between the two species. probably due to differing food habits.

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