Little Blue Mayflies
This common name refers to only one species.
These are very rarely called Little Blue Mayflies.
This is the best
Spring hatch after the Quill Gordons (Epeorus pleuralis
) but before the Hendricksons (Ephemerella subvaria
) in most parts of the East, although it can overlap with both. The Blue Quills are small mayflies (hook size 16-20) but they can hatch in incredible numbers at a time when eager trout are just beginning to look to the surface after a hungry winter.
Male Neoleptophlebia adoptiva (Blue Quill) Mayfly Spinner
View 7 PicturesBased on the pale longitudinal forewing veins (excepting the costals), dark middle terga (Tergum: the dorsal part of an abdominal segment or segments (terga). Also used to describe the entire abdominal dorsum or the thoracic dorsal segments of Odonata.), and genitalia (Burks '53), this specimen is P. adoptiva.
Collected May 9, 2007
from in Added to Troutnut.com by on May 18, 2007