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Mayfly - Leptophlebia sp.? - Leptophlebia - male

Mayfly - Leptophlebia sp.? - Leptophlebia - Male
Oak Ridge, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
March 17, 2012
Size: about 15mm

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sweet...
this may well be the first clear, sharp live shot of mayfly male genitalia on BG...
not sure it shows what it takes to get the bug to species (the critical details are usually on the ventral side), but quite a feat nonetheless! awesome job, Stan.

 
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As you observe, species determination is problematic from this photo. It is necessary to be able to zoom in without a loss of definition, as the subtle differences between the penes of the (4) Leptophlebia species found in NC would require a much clearer enlarged view of them than is possible with this photo.

 
thanks, Roger; thought so, too--
...but the effort is highly commendable anyway!

 
Aw shucks.
I appreciate the comments and the reservations.
I'm just glad to have the genus nailed down.
Since there is an interest in this, next time I get a mayfly I'll bring it into the studio and do better on the details.

These are hand-held shots.

 
"hand-held shots" --i'm in awe, period.

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