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The Mayfly - and the briefest of encounters...

By Paul_Iddon  
The eggs of mayflies are laid underwater, and the nymphs which hatch from the eggs can live for two years in the water.

Then come the summer, the adults hatch out - sometimes simultaneously and they can appear in their hundreds. Sadly, they have very short lifespan (just hours in some cases), during which they display and breed.

Many of them don't feed as adults as their sole purpose is to reproduce, dying once they have mated.

Paul Iddon 2021

Tags: Nature Macro Insect Close-up and macro Mayfly Brief encounter Paul Iddon 70D LAOWA Venus 2 1 Super Macro

Voters: Badgerfred, Daisymaye, TimothyDMorton and 23 more

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Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
11 May 2021 11:56PM
Amazing macro. It looks like an alien. Rather spooky looking critter.
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
12 May 2021 12:22AM
I'll bet that there were a bunch of trout rising when he emerged.
A great capture.

12 May 2021 12:49AM
Lovely macro capture.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 May 2021 11:50AM
Beautiful macro, exquisite insect...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
12 May 2021 5:43PM
Terrific capture

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