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HigherroadMay 5th, 2014, 5:36 pm
Posts: 5I photographed this 1/4" nymph on a small mountain southeastern U.S. trout stream in April. What species is this?
TaxonMay 5th, 2014, 7:01 pm
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Plano, TX

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Hi Higherroad-

Welcome to this site. That is a truly gorgeous photo. Although it might help if you identified it to the Southeastern state of origin, I suspect it to be a freshly molted nymph of Heptagenia marginalis.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
HigherroadMay 5th, 2014, 7:23 pm
Posts: 5This was in Northern Georgia.
WbranchMay 5th, 2014, 7:41 pm
York & Starlight PA

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How did you paint those little white bands so accurately on a little 1/4" long nymph. That is amazing.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
HigherroadMay 5th, 2014, 8:41 pm
Posts: 5White Out.
WbranchMay 5th, 2014, 8:50 pm
York & Starlight PA

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Oh, Cool! Thanks for sharing.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsMay 5th, 2014, 10:01 pm
Colorado

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Wow! Stunning little may!
Jmd123May 5th, 2014, 10:31 pm
Oscoda, MI

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That sure is a pretty little creature!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
BrookymanMay 5th, 2014, 11:25 pm
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How did you paint those little white bands so accurately on a little 1/4" long nymph. That is amazing.


Matt you pegged it right on the money.

God is great !!! And he is the greatest artist of them all. Our creativity stems from his work as an extension of everything we are.


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WbranchMay 5th, 2014, 11:37 pm
York & Starlight PA

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Mack wrote;

God is great !!! And he is the greatest artist of them all.


That is probably one of the wisest comments you have ever made on this forum.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
BrookymanMay 5th, 2014, 11:43 pm
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Thanks Matt
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TroutnutMay 7th, 2014, 12:41 am
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God is great !!! And he is the greatest artist of them all. Our creativity stems from his work as an extension of everything we are.


On the contrary, science views things like this as the spectacular, inevitable result of nature left to run its own course. Just like mathematical fractals produce patterns more intricate than any artist could dream up, natural selection reshapes organisms in more varied and impressive ways than any one being could imagine, let alone control. Nature needs no guiding hand to impress.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
BrookymanMay 7th, 2014, 2:04 am
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I completely agree with that Jason.
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MartinlfMay 7th, 2014, 11:08 am
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What a cool, cool photo! Thanks.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
KonchuMay 8th, 2014, 11:13 am
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Indiana

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Beautiful. This looks to me like some freshly molted Rhithrogena that I've seen from the SE. The spots on the femora aren't as prominent as usual, but I think I can make them out.
CrepuscularMay 8th, 2014, 11:44 am
Boiling Springs, PA

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Nice Higherroad! Thanks for posting this. It's definitely a new one for me.
PaulRobertsMay 8th, 2014, 10:32 pm
Colorado

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I wonder what drove the development of such a pigment scheme? It has a story to tell.
EntomanMay 9th, 2014, 12:41 am
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There are several species out West noted for similar color schemes. Anecdotally, I've noticed they seem to inhabit the salt & pepper granitic substrate of many West Coast streams. There is one species of ephemerellid with virtually the same color scheme called Attenella delantala. The very distinctive marks had me stumped until Roger (Taxon) schooled me on it several years ago. I had never seen one before but they are supposedly fairly common out here.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
PaulRobertsMay 9th, 2014, 3:17 am
Colorado

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Thanks, Kurt. Here's A.delantala:

http://www.flyfishingentomology.com/forum/Replies_Display.php?t=0024
KonchuMay 9th, 2014, 2:05 pm
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Indiana

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Various Drunella species worldwide show that scheme, too. And actually several baetids show it, too, such as Plauditus cestus et al.
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