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LastchanceAugust 30th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Portage, PA

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Are these tiny BWOs that are coming off now and through the Fall a size 24? Also, can someone direct me to some photos of them? I saw one Saturday, which I thought was a Blue Quill Spinner, but now I think it was a BWO spinner. It had a dark thorax, a clear translucent body and another dark segment at the end.
GONZOAugust 30th, 2010, 4:48 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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The spinner you saw was probably a male. A #24 seems a little too small for most Blue Quills (Paraleptophlebia), though many of the males have the "Jenny Spinner" coloration that you describe. (Blue Quill spinners have three tails.) That coloration is also common to many male baetids (two-tailed BWOs, if you will). The females will usually have a (mostly) solid color body that will range from olive to brown to light orange. Here are some photos of a few baetids that show the "Jenny Spinner" coloration in the males:

For contrast, here is the female of the first species:

I hope that helps, at least a little.
LastchanceAugust 30th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Hi Gonzo: That's exactly what I saw on Saturday. So the the onlyu difference between those BWOs and Blue Quill spinners is basically the number of tails? Like many others in my beginning years of bug watching I always mistook Blue Quills for Tricos.

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