This Epeorus pluralis dun is recently deceased in these photos. I decided not to photograph several lively, less mature nymphs. This one was ready to hatch, as indicated by the black wing pads (
Wing pad: A protrusion from the thorax of an insect nymph which holds the developing wings. Black wing pads usually indicate that the nymph is nearly ready to emerge into an adult.). I believe it had not been dead long enough to lose its natural coloration.
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae
mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
This mayfly was collected from Mongaup Creek on April 19th, 2006 and added to Troutnut.com on April 21st, 2006.
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