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Female Leptophlebia (Black Quills and Blue Quills) Mayfly Dun Pictures

 I collected this mayfly after user Al514 tipped me off to the presence of some Leptophlebia mayflies I didn't seem to have yet with his ID request of a male dun. This seems to be of the same species. I also collected a female spinner. Based on that spinner, I can tell that this is either Leptophlebia cupida or Leptophlebia nebulosa, but I can't tell which.

Unfortunately none of the specimens I collected made it through the hot, sunny day very well. So the pictures aren't great, but they're better than nothing.


This mayfly was collected from Factory Brook on May 9th, 2007 and added to Troutnut.com on May 18th, 2007.

This specimen is on the left in this picture.  On the right is another one I collected but didn't otherwise photograph.  It's from the same stream and time, and presumably of the same species.  It shows quite a bit of natural variation.  Female Leptophlebia (Black Quills and Blue Quills) Mayfly Dun from Factory Brook in New York
This specimen is on the left in this picture. On the right is another one I collected but didn't otherwise photograph. It's from the same stream and time, and presumably of the same species. It shows quite a bit of natural variation.

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Borcher's Drake 3 Replies »
Posted by Oldredbarn on May 10, 2010
Last reply on May 13, 2010 by TNEAL
I will apologise up front here for railing on about another "Michigan" thing, but here goes...There is a rather famous fly from the Au Sable area originally put together by Ernie Borchers called the Borchers Drake and it was designed to cover this bug. Originally the abdomen was wrapped condor quill but wrapped natural turkey tail fibers are used now. The tail is three moose mane fibers tied longer than normal and on these specimens of Jason's you can see why that works. It's tied in a Catskill style or as a parachute pattern. Hackle is Adams style and the wing is light blue dun...Have at it!

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