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Mayfly - Siphlonurus

Mayfly - Siphlonurus
Stormville, Dutchess County, New York, USA
May 24, 2007
The first mayfly I've collected for some reason. On our screen.

Moved from Mayflies.

Probably Siphlonurus
The pattern on the longish abdomen and (more importantly) the size/shape of the forewings and hindwings seems consistent with this genus. This is a (somewhat shriveled) male imago.

What on earth...
... how is this animal preserved? It's looks like it's been pinned between two transparent sheets of glass or something...

It was imaged on a flatbed scanner. The scanner was not closed on the specimen. I just laid it on the scanner with the top off and spaced a white card a little over the specimen to give it a white background

Oh that poor thing!
Well, from the looks of it, I guess it was dead to begin with? (or close to)
Don't take me too seriously, I'm just giving you a hard time. :)

This is an interesting find, none the less, simply due to the body per portions exhibited in this (I believe it's a) male specimen. Some adult mayflies have reduced or vestigial legs (like the 2nd & 3rd pair of legs on this animal). It's probably only good for frass (probably), but now you have me wondering what it is. XD

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