Mayfly – a site of facinating facts

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All creatures great and small have a purpose on this earth no matter how annoying they are to humans. Even flies have their jobs in the bigger scheme of things, which would break down if just one of the elements in the loop was to die out. Frogs live off flies, other creatures live off frogs and so on and so on down the food chain. Although the mayfly has many predators, they also have a useful purpose, which is not just to breed and multiply. Using other things in nature like trees, flowers and fruits, the mayfly lives a very happy life until it is time to die off. The mayfly is classed as an insect because of its insect features, like the six legs and three segmented body. Like other flies, the mayfly has wings and the ability to fly, which makes it easy for them to collect foods and do what they need to do to survive.

Depending on the species of mayfly, the adult may only live long enough to transform from pupil stage, eat food, breed and then die. Sometimes, they do not even live long enough to eat for long. When a group of mayflies get together, predators like birds, spiders and other insects get together for a real feast. With millions of mayflies being born at one time, it is easy to eat most of them and still continue the cycle of life. The mayfly is actually one of the oldest living insects from many thousands of years ago, and are part of the same family as the dragonfly. During the nymph stage, which is their initial stage after the insect lays eggs in the water, the nymph is born and wriggles around eating and trying not to be eaten until it is ready to change into a mayfly.

There are thousands of different mayfly species all around the world, and they known by different names including the dune bug, Lake Fly, day fly, green bay flies and fish flies. The last name is obvious because the fish like to eat the larvae and the flies breed in water that contains fish. Some of the biggest bug collections in the world hold several hundred species of the mayfly from all different climates and terrain.

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The Giant Mayfly

Filed under: Mayfly - 13 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Mayfly is one of the most impressive insects in the world. This insect actually lives only for a couple of days, its circle of life being absolutely unique. However, there is more to this story than that.

The Giant Mayfly is a subspecies of Mayfly, common in the Eastern United States. This insect is mostly common in the summer months. It is one of the largest types of Mayfly you will ever see. They lay their eggs in the water. Their larvae are yellow to brown and even black. To learn more about this species, you should watch the video below:

As you can see, this is an amazing species. Giant mayflies are really curious, being unique among all species of insects.

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Incredible Video: Billions of Mayflies in Russia

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Mayflies, also known as shadflies, are aquatic insects whose immature stage – called ‘naiad’ or ‘nymph’ usually lasts a year in fresh water. However, adult mayflies are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species. This is because the primary function of an adult mayfly is reproduction.


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A particularly strange yet amazing phenomenon related to these facts occurs every year in Russia, on a lake in the Primorye province. Once a year, billions of mayflies converge on the lake to mate, spawn and die… all on the same day. First there are thousands, then millions, then billions.

Watch the video below and be amazed with the billion of mayflies flying around at sunset!

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Mayfly Symbolism

Filed under: Interesting Facts About The Mayfly - 13 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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The iridescent and beautiful colors of mayfly wings and body are very captivating for many people. Many people like them because these small and fragile creatures remind them of their childhood when they went fishing with their parents or friends.


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They recall long and beautiful summer days lying in the fresh grass and watching these creatures flying. There are several symbolic meanings of the mayfly such as:

1. Change. As this insect has iridescent wings, very sensitive to the slightest breeze, people are reminded to heed where the wind blows.

2. Dreaming mind or subconscious or thoughts. This is explained by the fact that any creature that lives by the water, carries this symbols. Water is symbolic of the subconscious mind and related to our thoughts.


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3. Because of its habitat, it’s also a symbol of meditation.

4. It also means that we must be mindful of the results we want to have, but we have to think very well about it. Additionally, it may mean that we’re responsible for our lives.

These meanings of this insect are found mainly in Native American (Plains region) and in Asian (Japan) circles. Mayflies also mean:

• Strength
• Peace
• Harmony
• Purity
• Good luck
• Prosperity
• Transformation while moving
• Childhood
• Living for the moment
• Joy
• Transparency

Mayflies are also called June bugs, shad flies, salmon flies and emerge from ponds, lakes, as well as streams at twilight in the early spring. They are important for the food web, mainly for trout in cold waters or bass and catfish in warm water streams or Walleye in cool water lakes. Due to the symbol of these small insects, they have been used in commercials, animations and many other products. Generally, they stand for positive things and the fact that lives only a day, it becomes a crucial lesson for us.

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Mayfly Products

Filed under: Mayfly Occurrences - 15 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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You may think that the mayfly is a small and insignificant little insect, but you would be surprised to know how many products are related to it on the market in a way or another! Whether they take the name of the mayfly, its shape, its short, yet fulfilling lifespan, these products fall into various categories from different domains.

Here are some of the most noteworthy mayfly products:

  • t-shirts


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  • mugs


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  • fishing gear


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  • Nike Mayfly Shoes


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  • earrings


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  • alcohol flasks


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  • Vango Mayfly Daysack


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  • key chains


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  • Mayfly Satchel


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From clothes and jewelry, to fishing items and random personalized objects, the Mayfly is everywhere. Regardless of the reason for which this small creature has been involved in these products, it is important to remember that this insect is one of the one-day wonders of nature!

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The Mayfly – An Inspiration For Vodafone

Filed under: Mayfly Occurrences - 18 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Mayfly maybe one of the species of poorly considered insects. It is not beautiful, like a butterfly, it is not unusual or interesting in its behavior and it only lives for about one day. However, Vodafone has found inspiration in the small Mayfly and has decided to provide it as inspiration for life!

The video idea actually takes inspiration from the fact that the Mayfly only lives for one day. This is a day in which it takes all the journeys and takes on all the things that are fun and pleasurable for it! At the end of the day, the Mayfly is set to have had a wonderful life and that is the way in which people should live their lives as well.


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The ad for Vodafone implies that the way in which life is set out for people provides them with a lot more chances than for Mayflies and that they should live every day like it is the first, the last and the only one they get! The campaign became known internationally and it was one of the most appreciated ones created by the telecommunications brand and one that was inspired and managed to inspire in its own turn!

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Facts About Mayfly Naiads

Filed under: Interesting Facts About The Mayfly - 05 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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The mayfly is one of the insects part of the short-lived orders of the insect world. Their short lifespan is the one through which they are categorized, as it is mostly one that lasts for a day. The longer lifespan is the one of the naiads, of the nymphs of these insects, which have the possibility of surviving in fresh water for about a year, as these are water insects. The adults, however, can live from a few minutes up to a few days, fact which depends on the species of the insect, as there are about 2,500 of these in the world.

The eggs, from which the naiads are born, have a long resistance in fresh waters, which depends on the species of the insect. Usually, these can last from a few months to a whole year, time in which they moult 20 to 30 times. They are laid on the surface of the lakes or streams and they sink to the bottom, where they mature until the moment of the maturation. Some of the naiads live in the more rocky parts of waters, where there is no vegetation, while others are more present in lakes, these also being the ones that are most prolific. Although they are only in the development stage of the insects, the naiads have the possibility to feed themselves. The main elements that are seen as food supplies are algae or diatoms, but some of the species also act as predators and feast on the other elements of the underwater world that they can catch.

The distinctive features of the mayfly naiads are the seven pairs of gills on the dorsum of the abdomen. They also have long cerci or tails, usually three of these, while others only have two of these long back tails. The process that they go through is known through the term of hemimetabolism, which refers to the fact that they go through an incomplete metamorphosis in their growth. The last moult is after the stage in which the naiads get their wings. As you can see the mayfly is a very interesting insect and the development stage of their growth, the phase in which they are naiads, is one of the most complex ones of their entire existence and definitely the longest one that they have to go through in order to mature properly.

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The Lifespan Of A Mayfly

Filed under: Interesting Facts About The Mayfly - 14 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Mayfly is one of those simple parts of the animal world that usually go unnoticed. The fact is that this little creature is actually rather interesting and the information presented on it has managed to attract the curiosity of many people, due to the fact that it is one of the parts of the world we live in. It is important to understand that this tinny insect is part of the category of those which have a very short lifespan. They usually manage to last for a day or two, through which fact they got the nickname of the one-day fly in some parts of the world.

There are many types of insects that have a short term lifespan. The fact that they can only last for one day is usually the one that brings many issues for people in a certain way. For example, since all the parts of the reproduction period are at the same time for a species of insects, you can realize the fact that all the larvae will come out at the same time and more importantly, that all the new exemplars will develop into adult hood at the same time. As a result, you can see the amounts of insects that surface in some of the periods of the year and only in some regions. However, when they come up they are very many and they have the tendency to form massive groups, which can create a lot of problems for the human life in the idea that they prevent sight, they may ruin crops and so on. 

In the case of the Mayfly, all the tinny new insects group together in the formation of a sort of dance. This movement is very familiar to the people who live in areas filled with these insects. Regularly, these instances surface during the spring and during the fall, these being the moments in which new groups of insects reach their maturity and start going around for the short amount of time in which they can survive. The Mayfly is one of the interesting types of insects in the animal world. Due to the fact that it has a very short lifespan and to the fact that it has such an interestingly unique aspect, it has been the subject of numerous studies throughout the world for a variety of researchers.

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The Unique Features Of Mayfly And Classification

Filed under: Interesting Facts About The Mayfly - 16 May 2012  | Spread the word !

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The mayfly is a small insect and one of the most interesting species in the world. It belongs to the Order Ephemeroptera, in Greek meaning “Short lived” and “wing”. This insect is aquatic and its immature stage lasts almost a year and takes places in the water. Under rocks near streams, decaying plants or sediments are the best places where it lives. One of the main features that makes it different from other similar insects are the pair of gills  on the dorsum of the abdomen. It also features three long cerci or tails at the end if the body. There is also other thing that makes this insect unique. It’s about the fact that moults one more time, a process which is known as alate stage. Nonetheless, as well as many other insects, its life span is very short, but it also varies depending on species. This small and interesting insect was called one-day or one-day fly due to its short life span. An interesting phenomenon takes place related to this insect. It’s related to fact that many such creatures mature at the same time, so at that time is a wonderful show seeing them fly and dancing in the air. Although there are several species, four of them are extinct- Pentagenia robusta and Ephemera compar.The classification has several suborders such as Schistonota and Pannota.

The wings of this small creature are membranous, look as those of a butterfly and also feature a great venation. Adults feature large compound eyes, large and short antennae, as well as  three ocelli. The males have larger eyes than the females and and front legs are also longer to grasp females during the mating process. Other unique things about this insect refers to the fact that it possess paired genitalia. Briefly, this means that the female has two gonopores and the male two penises.

There are still many things to find out about the mayfly. Some scientists are not so sure that the two species extinct. The threatened  species is called Tasmanophlebi lacus-coerulei, also known as the large blue lake mayfly. The oldest insect from the same family dates from Lower Cretaceous Siberian amber, many fossils being discovered throughout time. This fragile insect managed to resist to many climate changes that took place and at present is one of the most interesting insects in the world.

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Mayfly – Adult Life

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The mayfly is one of the most interesting species in the world. A beautiful insect, the mayfly has amazing characteristics that can easily impress everyone. And one of the most fascinating such facts in linked to the adult life of the mayfly. For starters, you should know that mayflies are aquatic insects which have a long immature stage. In fact, the immature stage will last about one year. And although for a mayfly reaching adulthood can take a long time, this insect will remain in the status of being an adult only for about one day. Many people find this aspect quite sad, but you should know that even though the mayfly only lives for one day as an adult, it manages to make a lot of things. 

Depending on the species, the mayfly adulthood will last between a few minutes and a few days. Nowadays, there are more than 2,500 mayfly species known in the world. Most of them live in North America, where about 630 mayfly species can be seen. During adult life, the primary activity of a mayfly will be reproducing. Due to the really shot life time, the mayfly is also known under the name of the one day fly. Anyway, as most mayflies mature during the spring, the amazing spectacle they will offer in the nature is something worth to watch. Mayflies are really beautiful, being colored and having long wings.

An important aspect about the wings of the mayfly is that they are really fragile. These transparent wings are extremely easy to harm, so if you plan on catching one to see it closely, you have to be really careful. The cycle of life of these insects is not completed if the adults mayflies do not lay eggs. This is how they breed and they have to complete this process to assure the next mayfly generation. Although mayflies commonly live only one day, they are absolutely amazing. Their eggs are released into a water and when the eggs are mature enough the larvae will come out. The larvae will feed in the water to be able to grow and reach adulthood.

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Conservation and Protection of the Mayfly Species

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Even thought the mayfly, just like any other insect, is a terrible thing to some and an annoyance to the others, you should know that it has its own place and importance in the ecosystem, as do all the forms of life. The mayfly are small insects and come in a variety of species. There are two suborders, Schistonota and Pannota. The first suborder is divided in four super families, each having their own species. The second suborder has two super families, again with several species for each. The mayfly can be represented in a variety of ways. The importance placed on the small insect in terms of conservation and protection is related to some of the species included in the categories mentioned. The fact that they are considered for conservation shows that even the smallest members of the ecosystem have an important contribution to it and must not be left in disregard by people.

The conservation and protection of the mayfly is a rather delicate matter. Obviously, due to the fact that an insect is the concern, there are many difficulties which surface in the process. One of the elements which stands in the way of proper research for conservation is the fact that the species have not been monitored. As a result, there is no recent information on the particular species of the mayfly other than the facts gathered upon the discovery, study and recognition of it as part of a suborder and of a super family.

Some researches believe that there are species of the mayfly in North America that have been extinct. For example, the Pentagenia robusta mayfly was discovered in the 1800s and no other notice of it has been issued since. After many years of research and study, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature decided to place one of the mayfly species, the Tasmanophlebi lacus-coerulei, on their red list as vulnerable. Therefore, the fact that the species number is decreasing has been noted and properly verified, which shows the importance of the insect for the proper function of the ecosystem.

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