Mayfly Mayhem

Mayflies (Order Ephemeroptera) are well known to fly fishermen. They are part of an ancient lineage of insects called Paleoptera, which also includes dragonflies and damselflies. The mayfly naiad (aquatic juvenille) stage lives about a year in freshwater, including overwintering under ice in cold climates. The adults are short-lived, surviving only a few minutes to a few days depending on the species, and are often found in mating swarms. The adults don’t eat–it’s all about reproduction, baby!!