“Well,” I thought to myself, “What could be more fleeting than the life of the poor Mayfly??”
Now, you may wonder how I know he’s a male mayfly (apart from his name of course!)…but I know because he has really big eyes and his front legs are long! That’s what the boy mayflies look like! They need their eyes and their arms like that so that they can locate and hold on to the female mayflies easily!
They swarm on a few days in…yes, you’ve guessed…..May!
Not a long life you see, well the airbourne life isn’t long, apparently as they can live in the ‘naiad’ phase under water for several months!
Here’s another tired out mayfly…
Another interesting fact:
Their mouth parts are vestigial as they only need to mate! (I wish my mouth parts were vestigial sometimes!)
Their digestive system is filled with air! (So is mine sometimes, though sadly it’s mostly filled with food!)
This next chappie has decided to rest upon my friend….
See Ya xx