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Hopper Nymph 1 - Hylaius

Hopper Nymph 1 - Hylaius
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, USA
May 28, 2013

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Hopper Nymph 1 - Hylaius Hopper Nymph 1 - Hylaius


All the females of this and related genera are flightless. You can tell that they are NOT nymphs because (1) the wings have narrow, articulated bases, and (2) wing veins are obvious.

This genus is rare, and has been found only on Pacific coastal areas from Vancouver Island, B.C. south to Corvallis, OR. There is only one described species (with 1 synonym) but genetic "barcoding" indicates that at least 2 biological species are present, with the BC and OR populations being quite divergent. Populations from WA have never been reported so far. The fact that the females are flightless, and therefore separated from the OR populations for at least the age of the Columbia River that separates them suggests that your specimens may represent an undescribed species.

Please find some more, and collect them for future study. Preserving them dry is quite adequate for genetic research. For further information, please contact me at: hamiltona AT

I guess I know what I will be doing on my lunch break this Summer.

and happy hunting

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