No ID needed, just marveling at these Lake Erie Mayflies!
By - abou824
I was out camping in the Lake Erie area this past weekend and woke up to a tent, car, and camp bathroom completely covered in these buggers! After hatching they leave their casings in the water, you could see massive clouds of them in the wake of boats. They're really handsome little guys though! They have no mouthparts so consequentially they only live for 24-72 hours - the adult stage is purely for mating. The larva live for 2 years prior to emerging. [Here](https://www.thebeacon.net/turn-the-lights-out-lake-eries-mayfly-hatch-a-port-clinton-happening-in-june/) is an interesting article about them:
"The 1996 hatch in Port Clinton was special. The mayflies were so thick on city streets that snow plows were used to push the spent bugs into great piles and city workers took away 97 truckloads of them"
Never thought I would be so fascinated by little flies, but here we are! I thought this sub would have a similar feeling about them! If anybody knows any more interesting tidbits I'd love to hear them.
There’s a little town not far from me that has a viaduct as you come into town, and during mayfly season it’s not uncommon to slide as if you’re on ice as you come down the hill, on an otherwise dry road. It’s pretty disgusting.
That's insane! I guess it makes sense given the snowplow story, you've slid on them yourself?
I have. They also use snowplows to clear them there, and during mayfly season the whole town keeps the lights off so as to not get overrun. It’s something.
Yes, they are pretty! I can imagine they don't smell all that great when they die by the millions though.
As with cicadas, the mayflies operate on the principle of predator satiation. No matter how many animals, fish, etc, show up to eat them, more than enough will survive to create the next generation.
Yeah, they smell like dead fish.
Oh man I remember seeing these every summer when we took the family trip to Cedar Point. I remember during especially bad years they'd be cleaning them up with push brooms into big piles.
I wasn't too far from there! They weren't that bad thankfully though.
It’s not May, it’s June! Does that make them June Bugs? \s
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I thought this was just a spotted egg style of paint until I read the title!
Call them Shad flies down this way (Montreal region). They can be pretty intense. They are attracted to the field lights where I play softball and they just rain down if you sit near the poles. And they stink when they die off in masses, which they tend to do. Totally harmless creatures though.
🎶 Lookin' for a laaaaaaady.... ♬
If no id needed then don't post
Check the rules! This is perfectly fine :)
Just because it's in the rules it still shouldn't ve here
Then you'll have to take it up with the mods, not this user.
There’s a “Just Sharing” flair just for these kinds of posts!
They should post it on one of the other bug subreddits