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Mayfly - Order Ephemeroptera Mayflies are insects in the Order Ephemeroptera. The adults live for a short time, often only for a single day. Adults live simply to mate, after which the females lay eggs - they don't even eat because they lack functioning mouthparts. Most of their lifecycle is spent as aquatic naiads (nymphs) - a life stage that lasts 2+ years.  Ephemeroptera,Geotagged,Spring,United States,mayfly Click/tap to enlarge

Mayfly - Order Ephemeroptera

Mayflies are insects in the Order Ephemeroptera. The adults live for a short time, often only for a single day. Adults live simply to mate, after which the females lay eggs - they don't even eat because they lack functioning mouthparts. Most of their lifecycle is spent as aquatic naiads (nymphs) - a life stage that lasts 2+ years.

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  1. Resembling still much of some of the earliest insects, how cool!
    In dutch we call them "eendagsvlieg" -> one-day-fly, referring to their short adult life. In turn, the term is popularized in culture to other aspects, for example a band that has one hit song, after which you never hear from them again. I have no idea why I'm telling this.
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Haha! Now I will be calling things "eendagsvlieg", although I am sure to butcher the pronunciation even after help from Google translate. Posted 6 months ago

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Uploaded Mar 13, 2018. Captured Jun 7, 2017 10:39 in Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488, USA.
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