Mayflies in the home

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  1. Matt B

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    image.jpeg I found several of these tiny dancers on windowsills around the house--indoors. If I had to tie an imitation I'd use a size 24 or 26 hook.
     
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    Looks like a cranefly.
     
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    I'm thinking a TERMITE!:eek::D
     
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    No. Zoom in. They had the classic "praying mayfly" pose.

    C'mon now I may not be great at mayfly species ID but I can differentiate a mayfly from a cranefly and a termite. Both of those have wings that are horizontal over their backs. These were upright wings, vertical in orientation to their body plane.
     
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    Hi Matt,

    Notwithstanding the wing orientation, its hind legs are way too long for it to be a mayfly.
     
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    Darn thing looks like a good, as in dead, skeeter to me.
     
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    Looks more like a chironomid or mosquito.
     
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    Zika Mayfly
    Atlantic salmon love them.
    SF
     
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    Well crap. Back to remedial class for me.
    I did think the "fuzzy" antennae seemed strange.

    Guess I need to stop throwing out half assed WAGs.
     
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    Midge??
     
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    Could be. Heck it's pretty obvious I don't know diddly. My days of publicly guessing at bug ID are over, since I've already demonstrated my ignorance more than once.

    I'm pretty sure it is not a beetle or a mantis, though.
     
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    Guess I could only swear off for so long. Spinner on my window this morning:
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    SquatchinSince86 Totally Unprofessional

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    Looks like a Japanese pine beetle. Best have an arborist look at the Pines on your property.
     
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    Hi Matt-

    I believe this mayfly male imago (spinner) to be of family Baetidae.
     
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    If you were in Italy, I would've said, "Baetis rhodani!" Very common here, hatches all year round, more or less the same color and size as yours. It'd be interesting to see if Roger can pin down the species. Did you take other photos?

    Kenneth
     
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