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Early Black Quills

Like most common names, "Early Black Quill" can refer to more than one taxon. They're previewed below, along with 3 specimens. For more detail click through to the scientific names.

Mayfly Species Leptophlebia nebulosa

These are sometimes called Early Black Quills.

Mayfly Genus Leptophlebia

These are very rarely called Early Black Quills.
Leptophlebia mayflies do not generate superhatches, but their medium-large size and other properties make them a relevant part of the early season.

The information below was mostly discovered in Leptophlebia cupida, the most important species, but it is not known to differ in the others.
Leptophlebia cupida (Black Quill) Mayfly NymphLeptophlebia cupida (Black Quill) Mayfly Nymph View 7 Pictures
Collected January 13, 2004 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on January 25, 2006
Female Leptophlebia (Black Quills and Blue Quills) Mayfly DunFemale Leptophlebia (Black Quills and Blue Quills) Mayfly Dun View 7 PicturesI collected this mayfly after user Al514 tipped me off to the presence of some Leptophlebia mayflies I didn't seem to have yet with his ID request of a male dun. This seems to be of the same species. I also collected a female spinner. Based on that spinner, I can tell that this is either Leptophlebia cupida or Leptophlebia nebulosa, but I can't tell which.

Unfortunately none of the specimens I collected made it through the hot, sunny day very well. So the pictures aren't great, but they're better than nothing.
Collected May 9, 2007 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 18, 2007
Female Leptophlebia cupida (Black Quill) Mayfly SpinnerFemale Leptophlebia cupida (Black Quill) Mayfly Spinner View 7 Pictures
Collected May 28, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 24, 2006
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