Friday, June 17, 2022

Rescue or Disturbance?

I rescued this mayfly from the water - it seemed as if it had got its wings wet and was unable to fly off.

It looks as if it might be Ephemerella subvaria, also known as the Hendrickson mayfly or red quill. I loved the distinct banding pattern on the abdomen.

Later I wondered if maybe I'd disturbed an egg laying female, not a drowning one. Eek!

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