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Insects by Common Name
|Entoman||October 6th, 2011, 1:09 pm|
Site EditorNorthern CA & ID
You wonder sometimes how certain insects get their common names. This one is called the 'mahogany dun' for some unknown reason.
Yeah, I agree with you that Blue Quill (defined as a dun hackled, peacock quill bodied fly) is a better handle for this specimen. As to why it's stuck with the name Mahogany Dun, I'm afraid it is a victim of lumping as important species of leptophlebiids are mahogany colored. Important baetids go by the name Blue-Winged Olive in spite of having brown bodies for the same unfortunate reason.
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