Mayfly Facts




Here are a few interesting facts about mayflies.

  • Adult mayflies live for a very short time, often just a day.
  • During an adult mayfly day it will Moult twice, mate and then lay eggs in freshwater.
  • They have shiny slender bodies.
  • They have two pairs of fragile, transparent wings with many veins.
  • They have between two or three long threadlike tales.
  • The male mayfly has very long forelegs for holding the female during mating while flying.
  • Mayflies are also called June bugs, shade flies and salmon flies.
  • Mayflies emerge in the thousands from streams, lakes and ponds in early spring at twilight.
  • Males grouped together and create a swarm.
  • Females fly into the swarm to be caught by a male to then leave and mate.
  • Mayflies do not feed as they do not have developed mouthparts.
  • Once an egg hatches releasing a nymph, the nymph passes through around 20 nymphal stages over two years, sometimes longer.
  • Nymphs feed on algae.
  • Nymphs breth oxygen taken from the water by their gills.
  • When ready the nymph will emerge from the water and transform into a sub adult phase called a subimago.
  • Subimago's are unique among insects as they have wings and can fly but have immature legs, tail and reproductive system.
  • Unfortunately for mayflies, they are an important food source for a lot of animals.
  • Nymphs are a very important part of the fishes diet.
  • Adult mayflies can grow to a quarter of an inch two over 2 inches in length.
  • When a mayfly is resting, their wings are held over there that.
  • Mayflies are medium-sized insect.
  • Mayflies can be found all around the world.
  • They are among the most short lived animals in the world.
  • They are closely related to dragonflies.
  • They are normally found close to water.
  • There are 2500 known species.
  • 600 species of mayfly can be found in North America alone.
  • They are extremely sensitive to pollution.
  • Mayflies will only be found in very high quality water.
  • As they have two pairs of wings, They have great agility and power.
  • Once they reach adulthood, they have many predators suc while as frogs, newts, toads, small reptiles, birds and a few mammals.

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