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Millcreek has attached these 7 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
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Color variation #1. 10 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 29, 2014.
Color variation #1. 10 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 29, 2014.
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Color variation #1. 7 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 13, 2014.
Color variation #1. 7 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 13, 2014.
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Color variation #1. 7 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 13, 2014.
Color variation #1. 7 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 13, 2014.
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Color variation #1. 6 mm (excluding cerci). In alcohol. Collected May 5, 2012.
Color variation #1. 6 mm (excluding cerci). In alcohol. Collected May 5, 2012.
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Color variation #1. 6 mm (excluding cerci). In alcohol. Collected May 5, 2012.
Color variation #1. 6 mm (excluding cerci). In alcohol. Collected May 5, 2012.
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Color variation #2. 9 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 17, 2014.
Color variation #2. 9 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 17, 2014.
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Color variation #2. 9 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 17, 2014.
Color variation #2. 9 mm (excluding cerci). Live specimen. Collected May 17, 2014.
MillcreekSeptember 25th, 2014, 7:07 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 350
These nymphs are abundant in the Russian River from April to June. I've keyed them out to Nixe using Merritt, Cummins and Berg but have been unable to ID them to species. The only Nixe species I've been able to find recorded from California is N. kennedyi but the nymphs are not described and I haven't collected any adults in the area. Does anybody know anything more about the nymphs?

The nymphs seem to have two distinct pattern types. Not sure if that's just a color variation or whether they could be two different species. Photos show the two variations.
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CrenoSeptember 25th, 2014, 7:28 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 305
Millcreek - are you collecting both forms at the same time/place? creno
MillcreekSeptember 25th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 350
Dave - Yes, although variation #2 tends to show up about a week later. I've often collected both forms off the same rock.
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EntomanSeptember 27th, 2014, 12:14 am
Northern CA & ID

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I can't make out the mouthparts but the head spots and small lateral spines clearly agree with your assessment. Perhaps the difference between the two is due to dimorphism.
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MillcreekSeptember 27th, 2014, 11:46 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 350
Perhaps the difference between the two is due to dimorphism.

It could be. Either two variations in the same species or differences between male and female. Probably more likely than two species. Separating the two variations and rearing the mature nymphs should provide answers. Hope to be set up next year for rearing nymphs.
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