» Family Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives)
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Pictures of 80 Mayfly Specimens in the Family Baetidae:
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. Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph
View 4 PicturesThis Baetis nymph is quite a bit larger than any of the others I found in winter 2004. Abdomen segment 5 is only slightly pale while 9 and 10 are quite pale. The tail is banded at the tip. Its body measures about 9mm long. It's much larger than the other Baetis specimens I collected, and it has quite well-developed wingpads.
It's most likely a mature nymph from a very early-hatching brood. It comes from the headwaters of a very small, very spring-fed Lake Superior tributary, which wasn't at all frozen despite very frigid temperatures and 3 feet of snow on the ground.