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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Mayfly Species Leucrocuta thetis

Where & when

In 5 records from GBIF, adults of this species have been collected during May (40%), June (40%), and July (20%).

In 6 records from GBIF, this species has been collected at elevations ranging from 881 to 2690 ft, with an average (median) of 2522 ft.

Species Range

Physical description

Most physical descriptions on Troutnut are direct or slightly edited quotes from the original scientific sources describing or updating the species, although there may be errors in copying them to this website. Such descriptions aren't always definitive, because species often turn out to be more variable than the original describers observed. In some cases, only a single specimen was described! However, they are useful starting points.

Male Spinner

Described in Needham et al (1935) as Heptagenia thetis
Body length: 8-9 mm
Wing length: 9 mm

A species of the maculipennis group (now a synonym of Leucrocuta maculipennis); very similar to H. juno (now a synonym of Leucrocuta juno), but with no dark marks on pleura.

Head pale yellowish white; a large smoky spot on each side of vertex between eye and lateral ocellus. Thorax yellowish; no dark longitudinal marks above leg bases, as in other species of this group. Legs pale yellowish; a short black streak apically on ventral margin of fore femur, not evident on other femora. Costa, subcosta and radius of fore wing pale amber; other longitudinal veins hyaline. Cross veins in anterior half of fore wing blackish; all others hyaline. Basal costal cross veins and a few in subcostal and third space slightly thickened; two cross veins at bulla in each of first three spaces; stigmatic cross veins finer and fainter than in H. juno, and more numerous ( 11 to 13 in thetis, 8 to 9 in juno). Abdomen pale whitish; segments 2 to 6 and basal portion of 7 semi-hyaline; apical segments opaque, light red-brown dorsally, somewhat paler ventrally. Posterior margins of tergites narrowly purplish black, most evident in dorsal portion. Tails whitish, unmarked. Genitalia much as in juno; penes with more distinct apical lobe, and longer spine on inner apical margin (see fig. 96).

Female very similar to male, aside from usual sex differences.

Nymph

Described in Needham et al (1935) as Heptagenia thetis
Body length: 8-9 mm

No pale marks on frontal margin of head. Pale median marks on tergites 7 and 8 not coalesced. Lateral dark streaks on sternite 9 only; dark transverse marks at median line of anterior margin of sternites 8 and 9. Tracheae of gills very indistinct.


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References

  • Needham, James G., Jay R. Traver, and Yin-Chi Hsu. 1935. The Biology of Mayflies. Comstock Publishing Company, Inc.

Mayfly Species Leucrocuta thetis

Species Range
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