A Mayfly - Hexagenia limbata
These large tusked, burrowing mayflies as larvae, prefer soft-benthic sediments of slow large river depositional areas or lake bottoms. They come off in large numbers (swarms) about mid-July from Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake and a few other lakes in Northwest MT.
Tusks that curve upwards and the frontal process of the head is rounded instead of forked, seperates this genus from the other Ephemerid genus, Ephemera that is found in Montana, and distinguishes it from the genus Ephoron in the Family Polymitarcyidae whose tusks curve downward.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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- Hendricks, P., S. Lenard, D.M. Stagliano, and B.A. Maxell. 2013. Baseline nongame wildlife surveys on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Report to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 83 p.
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