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Western Ginger Quills

Like most common names, "Western Ginger 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 Genus Ecdyonurus

These are often called Western Ginger Quills.
This fairly new genus holds some Western species that used to be in Nixe and were in Heptagenia before that. They are mentioned in books by those generic names. Ecdyonurus simpliciodes is especially important.
Ecdyonurus criddlei (Little Slate-Winged Dun) Mayfly NymphEcdyonurus criddlei (Little Slate-Winged Dun) Mayfly Nymph View 1 PicturesThis is an interesting Heptageniid mayfly since in western Montana it is only found in cold lakes, especially those in Glacier National Park.
Collected July 31, 2007 from in
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Mayfly Species Cinygmula reticulata

These are sometimes called Western Ginger Quills.
Cinygmula reticulata is probably the second most important species of Cinygmula behind Cinygmula ramaleyi, perhaps because the waters where it can be found in good numbers are often more remote. They have been reported as abundant in many high country streams of the Southern Rockies as well as the High Sierra's Eastern slope. An obvious difference in their coloration may be the easiest way to tell them apart. Cinygmula ramaleyi is more somber with a brownish body and dark gray wings and is often confused with the similar sized and colored Ephemerella tibialis, in spite of the difference in tail counts. Cinygmula reticulata on the other hand is a bright cinnamon dorsally with pale creamy legs and pale wings that are often a brilliant canary yellow. This is one of North America's most beautiful mayflies.
Cinygmula reticulata (Western Ginger Quill) Mayfly NymphCinygmula reticulata (Western Ginger Quill) Mayfly Nymph View 1 PicturesI collected several live specimens of nymphs and reared them to the imago (Imago: The sexually mature adult stage of the mayfly is called the imago by scientists and the spinner by anglers.) stage. They were C. reticulata. The interesting thing is they were collected in May and were emerging along with Rhithrogena (March Brown). This seems to be an overlooked hatch since in some rivers it emerges very early, before runoff.
Collected May 10, 2009 from in
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Female Cinygmula reticulata (Western Ginger Quill) Mayfly DunFemale Cinygmula reticulata (Western Ginger Quill) Mayfly Dun View 1 Pictures
Collected June 15, 2011 from in
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Mayfly Species Ecdyonurus simpliciodes

These are sometimes called Western Ginger Quills.
This is an important Western hatch.
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