» Family Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives)
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Pictures of 84 Mayfly Specimens in the Family Baetidae:
Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph
View 3 PicturesThis is the only Baetis nymph I found in my January 31st (read: not sane) sampling in 2004. I looked at this one under my small microscope and wrote down some useful identification features which aren't really visible in the pictures from my camera. This nymph had conspicuous gill veinlets (Veinlet: Short insect wing veins connecting the major longitudinal veins to the wing margin.), a pointed, slender 7th gill, tail bands on the middle and tip, and abdominal segments 5, 9, and 10 are definitely pale, with segment 8 in-between, debatably pale. Male Acentrella turbida (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner
View 3 PicturesI would not like to have to match this hatch. These are the smallest mayflies I have ever seen. I used to think Caenis was the smallest adult mayfly in the west but these guys are about 4mm long. The male eyes are two toned, brown above and olive below. The abdomen is dark brown interspersed with light brown. The abdomen is clear for the anterior (Anterior: Toward the front of an organism's body. The phrase "anterior to" means "in front of.") 2/3rd and the remainder is white. The tails are twice as long as the insect. There is only one pair of wings. Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph
View 2 PicturesHere's a rather different tiny Baetid nymph. The tails are all unbanded, and the tergites (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.) all have a dark-colored anterior (Anterior: Toward the front of an organism's body. The phrase "anterior to" means "in front of.") 2/3 and light-colored posterior (Posterior: Toward the back of an organism's body. The phrase "posterior to" means "in back of.") 1/3. The gill veinlets (Veinlet: Short insect wing veins connecting the major longitudinal veins to the wing margin.) are indistinct. It's probably a very early instar (Instar: Many invertebrates molt through dozens of progressively larger and better-developed stages as they grow. Each of these stages is known as an instar. Hard-bodied nymphs typically molt through more instars than soft-bodied larvae.) of some Baetis species. Specimen Page:1