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Male Rhithrogena morrisoni (Western March Brown) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

This mayfly was collected from the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington on June 22nd, 2017 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on June 23rd, 2017.

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Second opinions on this one's ID?
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Posted by Troutnut on Jun 23, 2017
Last reply on Jul 5, 2017 by Crepuscular
I tentatively keyed it out to Rhithrogena morrisoni based on Needham's Biology of Mayflies, but I'm not completely sure. Roger's website lists Rhithrogena emerging in Washington in March and April, and this one was collected June 22nd. But this did come from high up in a mountain stream after a year of very heavy snowpack, so it might be that far behind schedule. It also looks very much like the specimen Bob Newell posted from eastern Washington. What do Roger and others think?

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Male Rhithrogena morrisoni (Western March Brown) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

Collection details
Location: South Fork Snoqualmie River, Washington
Date: June 22nd, 2017
Added to site: June 23rd, 2017
Author: Troutnut
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