Unknown Texas Flying Horned Beauty
August 10, 2009
I was camping at the Guadalupe River in South Texas when I noticed this little guy attached to our bench. What is it?
New Braunfels, Texas
This is a Mayfly in the order Ephemeroptera. We are a bit intimidated to attempt actual species identification of Mayflies, but we do believe your individual is in the family Ephemeridae, the Common Burrower Mayflies as illustrated on BugGuide. If we were to take a stab at a species, we believe this may be Hexagenia limbata which is described on BugGuide. What you are calling horns are actually the front legs, and this posture is quite typical of Mayflies at rest.
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