Dark Blue-Winged Olives
Like most common names, "Dark Blue-Winged Olive" can refer to more than one taxon. They're previewed below, along with 2 specimens. For more detail click through to the scientific names.
These are often called Dark Blue-Winged Olives.
This is one of the most widespread and abundant Baetis
species, and it may produce fishable hatches under a variety of conditions.
This species is known in angling books by several old synonyms (Synonym: A former name of a taxon, usually a species. Entomologists frequently discover that two insects originally described as different species are one in the same, and they drop one of the names. The dropped name is said to be a synonym of the remaining name. These changes take a while to trickle into the common knowledge of anglers; for example, Baetis vagans is now a synonym of Baetis tricaudatus.)
, including Baetis quebecensus
, Baetis levitans
, Baetis cingulatus
, and Baetis phoebus
, in addition to the correct name.
These are very rarely called Dark Blue-Winged Olives.
This intriguing species has received a lot of attention in past angling books. Recent authors suspect that much of this credit was a case of mistaken identity, with Attenella attenuata
receiving praise for the hatches of Drunella lata
and Dannella simplex
. Much of the credit was
legitimate and accurate, but this species is no longer thought to be on par with its most popular cousins in Ephemerella
I have several specimens listed under this species, but I'm not positive the identification is correct.