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

Filed under: Interesting Facts About The Mayfly,Mayfly - 21 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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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.


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 – Adult Life

Filed under: Mayfly - 12 Apr 2012  | Spread the word !

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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

Filed under: Mayfly - 19 Mar 2012  | Spread the word !

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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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Debunking A Myth – The Mayfly Is Not Actually A May Fly

Filed under: Mayfly - 13 Feb 2012  | Spread the word !

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The mayfly has a rather misleading name and many people think because of its name that the mayfly is a fly that only appears in May. Well, this is a myth, but not many know about it. The name of the mayfly has not really much to do with the actual month of the year. The name of the mayfly is inspired only by a certain species of mayfly that appeared in the same time when a flower named Mayflower or Hawthorn is in bloom. So, “Ephemera danica” inspired the generic name of the mayfly, but without anything of the characteristics it has to tie her to the month of May. Even if the name is misleading, an important information related to this bug is that many species only live for a day. It may come as a surprise, but mostly mayflies do not have enough time to live for a whole month of May.

Disappointing or not, the mayfly has nothing to do with the month. Actually, the first generic name that was proposed for this insect was “dayfly”, as most live just for a day. Because there are also several species that have a different lifespan than the vast majority, specialists finally went for mayfly. And so, the misconception that the mayfly only appears in the month of May was born among people who are not passionate about these flies or among those who are not interested to learn more on this topic.

Although the mayfly is a very interesting species and specialists are fascinated with it, regular people do not have very much information about it. This is why most of them think that mayfly is a name given literally to this species, to describe it accurately. Many are disappointed when finding out that the mayfly is actually a name given to the insect because of the relation of it with a certain flower. Even so, things must be clear, the mayfly has its name due to a flower which blooms in the same time with the apparition of the bug. And actually, this is really a more interesting story for its name.

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What Is A Mayfly

Filed under: Mayfly - 19 Jan 2012  | Spread the word !

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A mayfly is an insect which belongs to the order of Ephemeroptera and to an ancient group of insects called Palaeoptera. A mayfly is an aquatic insect that has an immature stage of one year lived in freshwater. After this period, the mayfly adults, depending on the species, live a few minutes or a few days. Because the lifespan of mayflies is so short, it often happens that they mature at once and, in the spring or in the fall, large groups can be seen everywhere around. During this time, mayflies are dancing around each other or rest with the whole group on any free surface they can find. In the whole world live about 2500 species of mayfly. 630 of them live in the North America.

A mayfly can be also named a dayfly, a shadfly, a Green Bay Fly, a lake fly, a fishfly, a midgee, a Canadian soldier or a jinx fly. The scientific classification of a mayfly includes the kingdom – Animalia, the phylum – Arthropoda, the class – Insecta, the subclass – Pterygota, the division – Palaeoptera, the superorder – Ephemeropteroldea and the order – Ephemeroptera. The word Ephemeroptera itself describes the attributes of a mayfly. The Greek ephemeros means short-lived and pteron means wing, so the word Ephemeroptera is a description for a fly with a short lifespan.

The conservation of different mayfly species is very important because until now there are already 4 North American species of mayfly that seem to be extinct. Among them, Pentagenia robusta and Ephemera compar. Pentagenia robusta was a mayfly that used to live along the Ohio River, close to Cincinnati. Since the 19th century nobody in the area spotted a Pentagenia robusta. Ephemera compar was from the foothills of Colorado, but in the last 50 years, no Ephemera compar was seen in Colorado. IUCN, also known as the International Union for Conservation of Nature has a red list where endangered species are listed, in order to be kept under observation. On this list is included even a mayfly species called Tasmanophlebi lacus-coerulei. This is a large lake mayfly from Australia that is considered to be vulnerable.

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About the Mayfly

Filed under: Mayfly - 28 Nov 2011  | Spread the word !

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The mayfly is one of the most fascinating insects in the world. Even though there are approximately 2000 mayfly species around the globe, the most interesting thing about the mayfly is that it has one of the shortest lifespan. Believe it or not, a mayfly only lives for about three hours, after it reaches the adult phase. This is why the mayfly is also known as the one-day fly in many cultures. You may thus wonder how do they mate. Well, the female mayfly lays a large number of eggs, usually on the surface of a river, where they float for about 45 days. This is the first stage of development. Then, there comes the larva stage, also called naiad. In this stage, a mayfly usually feeds on algae.

The most interesting thing is that, as a naiad, the mayfly can live in the water up to three years. When it finally reaches the adult stage, the mayfly only lives long enough to reproduce. The fact that in the adult stage the mayfly does not have a functional mouth may be another reason behind the short lifespan. Moreover, after the female mayfly lays down the eggs, it usually dies right away, on the surface of the water. The mayfly is also endangered by a number of predators, including frogs, newts, toads, small reptiles, birds, and even rodents. Fish are, however, the most common mayfly predators, because the insects can usually be found on waters. Speaking about where can the mayfly be found, even if they are spread in most parts of the world, North America is the most common place.

It is a shame that the mayfly dies soon after it becomes an adult, because after transforming from the larva stage, they are truly nice to watch. With the colorful set of wings that it has, the mayfly looks similar to a dragonfly. The mayfly does not harm humans in any way, so they are not dangerous either. It is thus clear that the mayfly is one of the most impressive creatures in the world.

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The Mayfly Is Amazing

Filed under: Mayfly - 20 Oct 2011  | Spread the word !

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All kind of animals and insects can be described in a way or another as amazing. Their habits, the environment in which they live and various facts about their development, are elements that can be found as quite incredible. Well, the mayfly surely is one of the most amazing species of insects. Here are some facts about the mayfly that sustain that hypothesis and which will surely make you watch more attentively a mayfly, next time your see one. 

An adult mayfly is going to live only for a day. The cycle of life of a mayfly is, however, longer, as it actually lasts for about one year since the moment the eggs are laid to the one in which a mayfly dies. A mayfly can be seen almost anywhere and the insect is very beautiful, due to its unique colors and big wings. The wings of mayflies are very easy to harm, as they are extremely fragile. In fact, you can break them only by touching the insect, with no real intention to hurt it. Anyway, if an adult mayfly is going to live for only a day, an immature mayfly molts over twenty times before the moment in which it reaches maturity. Although the period of life of a mayfly is only of about 24 hours, the most amazing thing about the species is that it manages to do a lot in such a short period of time. They are able to mate, lay eggs and begin the cycle anew during just one day. This is the most important reason why the day of life of a mayfly is considered to be so amazing and interesting.

A mayfly is very much attracted to light colors. There are millions of mayfly species that are known today, including more than 2500 mayfly types. Many of these mayfly species can be found within the United States. Mayflies are very interesting to watch and they are harmless insects. Mayflies can be seen mostly near waters, but they have a specific smell and some amazing colors that will surely make these insects hard to not notice, although they can be described as small insects.

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Interesting Things To Know About The Mayfly

Filed under: Mayfly - 12 Sep 2011  | Spread the word !

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Everyone knows what a mayfly is. Most likely, you have already seen thousands in your everyday life, and they surely are great and interesting to watch. Anyway, here are some very interesting facts about the mayfly, as you are surely going to be amazed by these insects. For starter, you need to know that the mayfly is a harmless insect. The Mayfly is going to be drawn to any type of light and these insects have a specific smell that you are most likely going to notice when being near a mayfly.

The mayfly is a rather interesting insect and it can actually be described as beautiful because of its large wings and great colors. Anyway, you should not worry when finding dead mayflies very often, as that is actually very normal situation if you live in an area in which it is known that many mayflies exist. The mayfly is going to live for only about 24 to 72 hours. Still, the mayfly circle of life is more complex, as this is actually the average period on which an adult mayfly is going to live. You may also find that the lifespan of an adult mayfly can vary from 30 minutes to one day, as different species of mayfly are going to have different lifespan.

Although you may imagine that a mayfly lives for a very short period of time, these insects manage to do it all during only about three days. The mayfly has been out there for a very long period of time. Nowadays, it is well known the fact that there are millions of species of mayfly around the world, having different shapes and colors, with various dimensions. About 2500 species of mayfly are known to exist today. Usually, the mayfly lives in areas in which there are waters of high quality. Many mayfly species can be found in the United States. The most fragile part of a mayfly’s body is the wings. The wings of a mayfly are transparent and really easy to harm. You can actually brake them, with no intention, only by trying to touch them.

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Basic Facts About The Mayfly

Filed under: Mayfly - 21 Jul 2011  | Spread the word !

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All kind of animals or better said creatures can impress us with some of their characteristics, no matter is we are referring to their beauty, their ability to perform something that will make them stand apart or with their capacity to grow to a certain high that can impress every one of us. Well, there surely are some creatures that do not have to be huge in order to make us want to know everything about them. Mayflies are such a specie. They are small, but they surely are impressive. And when you see a mayfly you are surely going to like watching it.

However, although such creatures are beautiful to watch when being in nature, there is no way you are going to want to have some in your house and if it happens for them to create a nest, you should take action immediately to get rid of it. To get that result you can ask the help of a professional. However, the chances for a mayfly nest to be created in your home are very low, unless you have a vacation home near a lake or maybe in the middle of the nature. Mayflies are surely going to make your whole experience there beautiful when it comes to the view, but you should try your best to have them eliminated from your home before a mayfly nest is created.

Anyway when talking about mayflies, you should know that there are many species of such creatures you are going to be able to see and depending on the specie of mayfly we are talking about, some of their characteristics are going to be different. But, the truth is that there are thousands of mayfly species all over the world. Many people like to study them or to make a collection out of them, doing this way a purpose out of finding as many mayfly species as possible. A mayfly is an insect and despite the fact that it is not considered to have a very short period of life, a mayfly has many predators. Still, a mayfly is one of the most interesting and beautiful insects in the world and also one of the most curious ones.

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