Mayfly Ephemeroptera

Mayfly
Mayfly
Mayflies can be found through most of the summer months, and even spring/autumn, not just in May. The adults, shown here, live for a few hours to a few days, only to mate. Mayflies are not true flies, some having small or vestige hind wings. Like Dragonflies, Mayfly larvae or nymphs are aquatic and live a year under water.
Mayfly
Mayfly
There are thousands of different species of Mayfly and some 50 different species in the UK.
Mayfly
Mayfly
Mayflies have a two-pronged or, in some species, three-pronged, tail which is longer than the head and body.
Mayfly
Mayfly
Mayfly
The long tail
Mayfly
Mayfly
Mayfly
Adult Mayflies don't eat at all, despite legacy mouthparts.
Mayfly
Mayfly
Mayfly