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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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 Eurylophella temporalis (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

This male spinner molted from a dun I photographed a few days earlier, as did a female of the same species that I captured with it.
It keys confidently to Eurylophella temporalis using Allen & Edmunds (1963), primarily based on the shape of the penes, which is more distinctive for this species than for most others in the genus. However, the remainder of the description of the male spinner in that paper fits this specimen perfectly as well.

Lateral view of a Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Dorsal view of a Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Ruler view of a Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin The smallest ruler marks are 1 mm.
Ventral view of a Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
The weird fibers obscuring the view aren't a part of the insect here, obviously.

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Full terminalia of the male spinner

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Lateral view of penes, ventral side down

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Dorsal view of the penes. The apparent projections on the side are just unrelated debris.

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin
Ventral view of the penes detached from the claspers.

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Ephemerellidae) (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin

This mayfly was collected from the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin on June 21st, 2021 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on June 24th, 2021.


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References

  • Allen, R.K., and Edmunds, George F. Jr. 1963. A Revision of the Genus Ephemerella (Ephemeroptera: Ephemerellidae) VII. The Subgenus Eurylophella. Canadian Entomologist 95: 597-623.

Male Eurylophella temporalis (Chocolate Dun) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

Collection details
Location: West Fork of the Chippewa River, Wisconsin
Date: June 21st, 2021
Added to site: June 24th, 2021
Author: Troutnut
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