Mayfly Insect Facts with Images

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The Mayfly Insect subimago, or preadult stage, of Leptophlebia marginata is known to f fishermen as the sepia dun. Found across northern and central Europe, it is used as bait to catch trout. Length 0.4 inches (1 cm).

Mayfly Insect Facts:

Common name: Mayflies

Order: Ephemeroptera

Class: Insecta

Subphylum: Hexapoda

Number of species: More than 2,000 (611 U.S.)

Size: From about 0.2 in (5 mm) to 1.2 in (3 cm)



Key features: Adults with 2 pairs of membranous wings, the first pair much larger than the second, which may be absent altogether in some species, at the end of the abdomen are 3 long “tails” (2 in some families); large compound eyes, antennae short, mouthparts reduced; nymphs have well-developed jaws and also 3 “tails”

Habits: Adults spend their short lives on vegetation near water or in courtship swarms; nymphs are usually nocturnal and aquatic, living in all types of fresh water, but not if it is too stagnant, nymphs undergo unique, preadult winged stage (the subimago)

Breeding: usually form mating swarms, males grab females in midair, both males and females usually present, but a few species use parthenogenesis, eggs laid in water

Diet: Nymphs mainly vegetarian; adults do not feed

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, and canals; a few species live in brackish water

Distribution: worldwide, especially in temperate zones

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Mayfly Insect Facts with Images

Mayfly Insect Facts With Photos

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Mayfly Insect Facts with Pictures

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