Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting 3

“Well,” I thought to myself, “What could be more fleeting than the life of the poor Mayfly??”

Look….

Here's one, Maureen Mayfly, who has landed, exhausted on some rather pretty foliage!

Here’s one, Marvin Mayfly, who has landed exhausted on some rather pretty foliage!

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!

They dash around, having emerged from the river, all of a dither in a desperate rush to find a partner and mate!

They dash around, having emerged from the river, all of a dither in a desperate rush to find a partner and to mate!

 

After all, some of them only have an hour before they kark it!

After all, some of them only have an hour before they kark it!

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…

Yes, look at the eyes, it's definitely Morgan Mayfly!

Now I don’t want to seem like too much of an expert, but this is definitely a lady mayfly! Small eyes and short front legs!

Another interesting fact:

Their mouth parts are vestigial as they only need to mate! (I wish my mouth parts were vestigial sometimes!)

and….

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….

Now he really is a boy, Morgan Mayfly I think...just look at the length of his arms and the size of his eyes!!

Now he really is a male, Morgan Mayfly I think…just look at the length of his arms and the size of his eyes!!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting 2

Nature reflects our lives-sometimes in a faster time frame, sometimes in a slower one.

Ooh yes I could be feeling philosophical, but worry ye not…it won’t last long!

Take the dandelion, big old glorious yellow flowered plant, followed by a delicate and beautiful seed head.

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But even the dandelion has to give up its seeds to the wind….

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Fleeting…..

That’s All!

See Ya xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Solomon’s Seal is a beautiful plant that is flowering now in the UK…..

I thought they were called Solomon's tears...you can see why I thought that perhaps?

I thought they were called Solomon’s tears…you can see why I thought that perhaps?

A little closer.....

A little closer…..

....and yet even closer!

….and yet even closer!

 

However, at this time of year, the grub of the Solomon’s seal sawfly gets its greedy little champers around the plant and completely destroys it….”death by big appetite” would be how I would describe it!

My mum has these beautiful plants in her garden and thought that even though the little caterpillar like creatures (sorry have no photo)  were devouring her plants, there would at least be some rather beautiful butterfly at the end of it!

But NO!!!

A little googling and we found that these caterpillar like creatures were the young of the Solomon’s seal sawfly….ooooh err!

Look at him!!

Rather unpleasantly, Sirius Sawfly is quite pleased that he has fooled my mother all those years!! Bad Sirius!!

Rather unpleasantly, Sirius Sawfly is quite pleased that he has fooled my mother all those years!! Bad Sirius!!

 

So rather sadly, my mother’s Solomon’s seal plants have a rather fleeting existence!!!

That’s All!

See Ya xx