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Dark Tan Spinners

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**Rhithrogena hageni

This common name refers to only one species.

Mayfly Species Rhithrogena hageni

These are sometimes called Dark Tan Spinners.
According to Fred Arbona in Mayflies, the Angler, and the Trout, this is an excellent hatch and one of the most common fast-water mayflies in the West.
Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly NymphRhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly Nymph View 9 PicturesI'm basing the ID of this near-mature nymph on a male spinner with similar size and markings, collected on the same trip. There isn't a key to reliably identify the nymphs of most Rhithrogena species otherwise.
Collected July 4, 2020 from in
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Female Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly DunFemale Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly Dun View 7 PicturesI was surprised by the olive cast on the body of this female Rhithrogena dun, which led me to mistake it for a western green drake (Drunella) in the field. I was pleasantly surprised to get a closer look and find something I hadn't collected yet. Its species ID is based on proximity to male spinner collected on the same trip, as well as physical similarity (size, tergite (
One tergite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
One tergite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Tergite: The top (dorsal) part of a single segment on an insect's abdomen when it consists of a single chitinous plate (sclerite), or an individual sclerite if the segment has more than one.
)
coloration, dark streaks on the femora (
The femur of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
The femur of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Femur: The main segment of an insect's leg close to the body, in between the tibia and the trochanter.
)
) to that specimen.
Collected July 4, 2020 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on July 12, 2020
Male Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly SpinnerMale Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly Spinner View 10 PicturesI collected this spinner from the trail (old logging road) above a whitewater canyon on a small stream in the Cascades. I'm using its positive ID to put a species ID on a female dun and [speclink id]1217]mature nymph collected on the same trip.
Collected July 4, 2020 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on July 12, 2020
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