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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.

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> mean one thing, write another?

> mean one thing, write another?

Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Sep 19, 2020September 19th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Onocosmoecus unicolor?

Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Sep 19, 2020September 19th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Didn't mean one thing and write another -- you caught me assuming the genus based on angler-entomology instead of keying it out. Oops! After closer inspection under the microscope, of course you're right.
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Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Sep 20, 2020September 20th, 2020, 11:19 am
Interesting that the western angling lit has Dicosmoecus as orange. Within the Dicosmoecinae only Onocosmoecus is orange, the rest are dark greys to blacks when alive and, like Onocosmoecus, often faded to browns when pinned. Amphicosmoecus could be considered orangish on some speciemens but the wings are typically more grey/brown with a reddish tint, and finely speckled. Onocosmoecus unicolor is one of those very widespread species that further study will likely reveal are comprised of several species. But not to worry, it probably won't happen soon :-) I forgot to mention - thanks for the great pics.

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