Friday’s Photo: Mayfly

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When mayflies hatch in the Great Lakes Region, they can swarm in such numbers that their biomass is picked up on weather and military satellites. The lifespan of an adult mayfly is about 24 hours. As they begin to die en masse, their bodies pile up in the streets and on the sidewalks. This yearly phenomenon serves a macabre reminder that our time in this world is fleeting.

6 thoughts on “Friday’s Photo: Mayfly”

  1. Yes, it’s a sad fate human had to live with. Just imagine if we can live in 1000 of years? The things human will accomplish, knowledge that geniuses like Einstein can continue to share? Hah, it’s tragic.
    Lovely picture by the way.

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  2. Thank you for your insightful comment. It’s always nice to hear from you. I agree that a human lifetime (about 80 years on average) is really just a blink of the eye. I try to use my time wisely, and I am getting better at enjoying the small moments that used to pass me by unnoticed.

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  3. I’ve read that mayflies mate while they are swarming. I suppose there’s not a lot left to do once they land. Most species didn’t even bother to evolve with mouths or digestive systems – their short existence doesn’t merit even a single meal. Maybe they are aware of their imminent demise, and they try to make peace with it in their own insect kind of way.

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  4. I have seen the mayfly’s in Windsor, Canada when we went there for our honeymoon journey. The whole sides of building were filled with them until it seemed as if the concrete walls were literally breathing. It was a breathtaking and mystical sight… especially for one who had never seen a mayfly in their entire life.

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