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ByhaughFebruary 12th, 2015, 2:21 pm
Hawaii

Posts: 56
Hi,
My son and I just returned from a trip to the Chillean side of Patagonia.
Other than Caddis, beetles, and hoppers, there was not a lot of insect activity.
I did see this spinner and believe I know what it is, but looking for verification.

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MillcreekFebruary 13th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 328
Byron,

I'll bite, a member of Leptophlebiidae. You seem to have lost two of the caudal tails (or possibly just one if I'm entirely wrong). Can't even begin to guess the genera if I'm right, there are just too many.

Mark
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-Albert Einstein
EntomanFebruary 13th, 2015, 9:24 pm
Site Editor
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Based on the long legs, body shape and heavy wing venation I'll go with heptageniid... Only a guess, though.
"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
TaxonFebruary 14th, 2015, 7:20 am
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1294
Kurt-

I'll go with heptageniid... Only a guess, though.


That was my instinct as well, at least until I discovered that South America doesn't have a single species of family Hetageniidae. You will have to copy and paste

http://www.flyfishingentomology.com/SAMayflyDistributionQuery.htm

into your web brouser's address window in order verify that, as this forum converts all hyperlinked addresses to all lower case for some unknown reason.

Hint hint, Jason :-)
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MillcreekFebruary 14th, 2015, 12:13 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 328
Kurt and Roger,

Or perhaps a member of Nesameletidae. Found this picture of a female.
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/local-flies/mayflies.html
It's a New Zealand site but the genus shows up in Chile as well.
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-Albert Einstein

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