Big mayfly ID

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  1. klintd

    klintd Member

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    Found this guy on a local stream a couple days ago. Definitely the biggest mayfly I have seen, its wings were about an inch tall and the thing was fairly fat.

    Any idea what kind it is?
     

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    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

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    Absolutely gorgeous photo! Your reel seat was visited by a Western Green Drake (Drunella grandis) female dun.
     
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    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Nice carapace.
    Wasn't she last months centerfold in Playbug? Or was it the month before?

    TC
     
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    Excellent photo, my man! Great detail and color. If I were a trout my mouth would be watering right now. :thumb:
     
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    ncitrez Too many hobbies.....

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    Nice Drake! :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the ID. I have not seen such bright yellow colors on a mayfly before. I have another pic that shows the top of bug which shows even more yellow. If you are curious let me know and I will add it to this thread.
     
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    You're welcome. Yes, would like to see the dorsal view. Incidentally, your insect was likely bright olive-green when it was freshly emerged, but within 30 minutes, it would have taken on the coloration shown in your photo. If you should attempt to fish a dun, you would want your imitation to have a bright olive-green body, as that's the color that trout see while the dun dries its wings in preparation for flight.
     
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    Great shot! You can even see the reflection in the reel seat. I found one of those the other day and was also wondering what kind of mayfly it was. Thanks for the ID guys.
     
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    gigharborflyfisher Native Trout Hunter

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    That is one great shot of a Green Drake, nice picture!!
     
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    Sourdoughs -Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist

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    Damn, that is a nice photo. Taxon, thanks for the ID and entomology lesson - we can always count on you.
     
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    One more picture of the same green drake. You can see her yellow coloring a bit better in this shot. Each time I got the camera within a couple inches of her she would put both front legs up (has left up in this pic) like she was trying to defend herself or attack the camera.
     

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    Nice. Klint, you want to let me in on the specs for that shot, that is really good work.
     
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    Jim, I havent had a digital camera for very long and dont know a lot about them. I just leave it on point and shoot and hit macro. I have an 5mp sony camera, nothing special, not very expensive. However I got a giant memory card which allows me to take a lot of pictures. I probably took 15 pictures of this mayfly and 4 turned out nice. Sorry, not camera tips or tricks besides take a bunch of pictures and you are bound to get at least a couple good ones.
     
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    Thanks Klint; I too just mess around and am not even a good amateur photographer, but now and then I learn something new that makes me a little better, and over time I am getting a better percentage of shots that are what I wanted them to be. But I know enough that when I see someone else's shots I can usually recognize what makes them noteworthy.
    Thanks for your reply.
    Jim
     

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