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#1 buzzin frog

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:18 AM

Saw this at a lake with water temps in the mid to high seventies so i am a little perplexed,I'm assuming it came from a nearby stream, some of which do hold trout, any ideas? It was by far the largest mayfly i've ever seen.

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#2 Jaydub

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:57 PM

My guess is Hexagenia limbata. They are a burrowing type Mayfly and inhabit lakes and slow streams with silty bottoms. They are big.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 04:44 PM

I thought it was some type of hex, thanks for the id

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:43 PM

I think we got those same mayflies here in Idaho.They fly a long way away from lake pend orielle before they shed there skin from duns to imagoes, or however that works.Like a couple of miles away from the lake!!!.That one looks like It has already shed its skin.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 04:54 PM

One of my favorite hatches. Smallmouth on the hex. Sigh... doesn't last long enough.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 12:00 PM

Hexigenia Limbata spinner.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:22 AM

It could be a Green drake

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:46 PM

The specimen is much too out of focus, I cannot key it out or positively ID it. It could be a hex but these insects range in appearance greatly region to region.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:09 PM

Hexagenia limbata here in Texas, both here around Houston on the coast, and Waco, in Central Texas, look just like those from Michigan. The yellowish body and brownish spots on each segment definitely point to Hexagenia limbata, at least as I know it here in my area.