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MillcreekApril 4th, 2016, 10:09 am
Healdsburg, CA

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Thought some folks might be interested in this. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160403-mayflies-swarms-insects-bugs-spain/?google_editors_picks=true
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Jmd123April 4th, 2016, 2:44 pm
Oscoda, MI

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HEX HATCH!!! Looks like one anyways... I wonder what genus and species that is?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CrepuscularApril 4th, 2016, 2:54 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

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looks like Ephoron sp (Polymitarcyidae) to me.
TaxonApril 4th, 2016, 3:55 pm
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Plano, TX

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looks like Ephoron sp (Polymitarcyidae) to me.


Ephoron virgo. Interestingly (to me at least), this is the genus of (winged lifestages) mayflies which has either (2) tails or (3) tails, depending on whether male or female.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MillcreekApril 4th, 2016, 5:02 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 338
Roger -

Interestingly (to me at least), this is the genus of (winged lifestages) mayflies which has either (2) tails or (3) tails, depending on whether male or female.


Do all Polymitarcyidae have 2 or 3 tails? Also which sex has 2 tails and which sex has 3 tails?

Just curious,
Mark
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TaxonApril 5th, 2016, 3:19 am
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Roger -
Do all Polymitarcyidae have 2 or 3 tails? Also which sex has 2 tails and which sex has 3 tails?

Just curious,
Mark


Hi Mark-

The N. American species of family Polymitarcyidae are as follows:

Campsurus cuspidatus
Campsurus decoloratus
Ephoron album
Ephoron leukon
Tortopsis primus
Tortopsis puella
Tortopus circumfluus

It is my belief that only genus where winged males have (2) tails, and winged females have (3) tails is Ephoron, and the other three genera all have only (2) tails, independent of sex.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
CrepuscularApril 5th, 2016, 8:20 am
Boiling Springs, PA

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we get a few E. leukon here... :)

TaxonApril 5th, 2016, 9:15 am
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Plano, TX

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Yes, I'd say so, Eric. :-)
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
MillcreekApril 5th, 2016, 11:03 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 338
Roger-

Thanks for the answer.

Eric-

Just the occasional one, huh?:)
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