Aquatic Insect #9 ID?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Taxon, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Taxon Moderator

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    This aquatic insect was resting on my garage door this evening. Can you identify it by any of the following:

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  2. Taxon Moderator

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    After discovering it, I took it indoors to photograph it, and then returned it to its vertical perch on the garage door. However, when I went out early this afternoon, this is what I discovered:

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  3. lx-88 Member

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    Order common name: Mayfly
    Order taxonomic name: Ephemeroptera
    Family common name: Burrower Mayfly
    Family taxonomic name: Ephemeridae
    Genus common name: Hex
    Genus taxonomic name: Hexagenia
    Species taxonomic name: limbata
    Lifestage: Adult / Dun
    Sex: Male
  4. Taxon Moderator

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    Outstanding work, lx-88. Incidentally, in case anyone is interested, its body length was 25 mm, both as a subimago (dun) and as an imago (spinner).

    IDENTIFICATIONS:

    Order common name: Mayfly (lx-88)
    Order taxonomic name: Ephemeroptera (lx-88)
    Family common name: Burrower Mayfly (lx-88)
    Family taxonomic name: Ephemeridae (lx-88)
    Genus common name: Hex (lx-88)
    Genus taxonomic name: Hexagenia (lx-88)
    Species taxonomic name: limbata (lx-88)
    Lifestage: Adult / Dun (lx-88) Subimago (Taxon)
    Sex: Male (lx-88)
  5. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    The flies that I use to catch fish don't look anything like that bug. What bug looks like a Royal Wulff? Or a soft Hackle?
  6. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi there, OMJ-

    Nice to hear from you again. As you probably realize, fishable Hex hatches are largely limited to one particular lake here in WA, and they mostly come off after dark. Don't know about you, but I don't particularly enjoy fishing after dark. Some do, but it's just not my cup of tea.

    In answer to your (likely largely rhetorical) questions, no bug looks like a Royal Wulff. Having said that, it has long been one if my favorite searching patterns for skinny water. And, a Soft Hackle does an effective job of imitating a caddisfly pupa, particularly on the upswing.
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Don't like fishing in the dark and don't like driving these roads here in Montana when it's dark out. Too damn many Deer out and about. You can come up on them unexpected. You can't stop and they won't get out of the way.