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About "Mystery Creeks": I love small streams, but some of my favorite little trout streams are too small and too fragile to publicize here. If you recognize one of these, you already understand why I'm keeping it a secret. These are the kinds of places that lose a little bit of their charm if you see someone else's week-old footprint, and I don't want to do that to them.

Closeup insects from Mystery Creek # 249

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Cinygmula (Dark Red Quills) Mayfly NymphCinygmula (Dark Red Quills) Mayfly Nymph View 7 PicturesUnfortunately there's no good key to species of Cinygmula nymphs and I didn't find an adult, so this one will have to stay at genus level.
Collected July 6, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
Male Ephemerella excrucians (Pale Morning Dun) Mayfly NymphMale Ephemerella excrucians (Pale Morning Dun) Mayfly Nymph View 11 PicturesI used the ID of this nymph (and some others like it) to infer the identity of a female dun collected on the same trip.
Collected July 4, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
Male Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly SpinnerMale Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly Spinner View 15 PicturesI collected this spinner from the trail (old logging road) above a whitewater canyon on a small stream in the Cascades. I'm fairly positive on the ID: in Traver 1935 it keys out to Rhithrogena doddsi, which is now a synonym (Synonym: A former name of a taxon, usually a species. Entomologists frequently discover that two insects originally described as different species are one in the same, and they drop one of the names. The dropped name is said to be a synonym of the remaining name. These changes take a while to trickle into the common knowledge of anglers; for example, Baetis vagans is now a synonym of Baetis tricaudatus.) of Rhithrogena hageni. The penes (Penes: The paired genital structures of most male insects, which vary widely in form and are one of the main characteristics used for species identification.) differ slightly from the drawing in that book, but they're a very close match to drawing from the original hageni description in Eaton 1885.

I'm using its ID to put a species ID on a female dun and mature nymph collected on the same trip. I'm also using this one's ID for a specimen with seemingly identical reproductive anatomy from Montana.

Lastly, I have included here a couple pictures of the genitalia of a different specimen collected on the same evening, from the same river, and I think even the same swarm (although I don't recall that 100 %). They're angled a bit differently, and I couldn't locate the mid-ventral (Ventral: Toward or on the bottom.) spines, but I'm guessing I'm just seeing intra-species variation.
Collected July 4, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
Female Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly DunFemale Rhithrogena hageni (Western Black Quill) Mayfly Dun View 7 PicturesI was surprised by the olive cast on the body of this female Rhithrogena dun, which led me to mistake it for a western green drake (Drunella) in the field. I was pleasantly surprised to get a closer look and find something I hadn't collected yet. Its species ID is based on proximity to male spinner collected on the same trip, as well as physical similarity (size, tergite (
One tergite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
One tergite of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Tergite: The top (dorsal) part of a single segment on an insect's abdomen when it consists of a single chitinous plate (sclerite), or an individual sclerite if the segment has more than one.
)
coloration, dark streaks on the femora (
The femur of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
The femur of this Isonychia bicolor mayfly spinner is highlighted in red.
Femur: The main segment of an insect's leg close to the body, in between the tibia and the trochanter.
)
) to that specimen.
Collected July 4, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
Female Suwallia pallidula (Sallfly) Stonefly AdultFemale Suwallia pallidula (Sallfly) Stonefly Adult View 6 PicturesI didn't key this one out under the microscope, but I just keyed a similar one from Montana and this one matches the macroscopic appearance closely enough that I'm guessing it's the same thing.
Collected July 4, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
Male Cinygmula par Mayfly SpinnerMale Cinygmula par  Mayfly Spinner View 9 PicturesThis spinner came from one of those huge swarms that make one just stop fishing and admire the spectacle. Not bad for a little-known species.

In the same swarm I collected a female and another male.
Collected July 4, 2020 from Mystery Creek #249 in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 12, 2020
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Awesome
Posted by PABrownie on Jul 29, 2019
Now this is what I'm talking about. Great write-up and photos!

Cheers!
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