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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives
Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

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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Male Baetis tricaudatus (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

Some notes from identifying this specimen under the microscope:

1. The hind wing has three longitudinal veins, but the third is faint, short (about half the length of the wing), and close to the wing margin.
2. Then antenna is brown fading into white at the tip, and the base is ringed with white.
3. The joints of the tarsal segments on the middle and hind leg have fine black markings.

It was also collected in association with a female spinner.

Lateral view of a Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Ruler view of a Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho The smallest ruler marks are 1 mm.
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Ventral view of a Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Dorsal view of a Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
The antennae: brown, fading to white at the tip, with the base ringed with white.

Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
This view of the hind wing, seen through the forewing (which makes it a bit confusing), shows some of the 3rd longitudinal vein right along the bottom edge extending about half-way through the wing.

Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho
Black markings around the tarsal joinings of the hind leg.

Male Baetis tricaudatus (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner from Silver Creek in Idaho

This mayfly was collected from Silver Creek in Idaho on September 4th, 2020 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 18th, 2020.

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Baetis bicaudatus
12 replies
Posted by Taxon on Nov 7, 2020
Last reply on Nov 12, 2020 by Millcreek
Hi Jason-

I believe this male imago to be Baetis bicaudatus.
Baetis adult species IDs?
Posted by Troutnut on Nov 6, 2020
Last reply on Nov 6, 2020 by Troutnut
Does anyone here know any decent resources for identifying adult Baetis? I haven't found much.

This specimen sure seems to nicely fit the original description of Baetis alius adults. But I can't find very precise descriptions (let alone a key) for flavistriga and tricaudatus, both of which are other likely options given the location.

These made for a good fishable hatch on Silver Creek, so it sure would be nice to know what they are.

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Male Baetis tricaudatus (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

Collection details
Location: Silver Creek, Idaho
Date: September 4th, 2020
Added to site: September 18th, 2020
Author: Troutnut
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