This beautiful insect has had its day 😟. I rescued it from the lake, thinking it would live, but I soon found out otherwise.
Adult mayflies only live up to 2 days, during which time they don't even feed! But their lovely bodies floating on the water's surface attracts other hungry creatures. I find them so attractive and delicate-looking - it's no wonder artificial fishing flies are modeled on these flimsy beauties.
The longest part of their lives is during their larval stage, which can be up to 2 years, and they're really beneficial - they feed on mosquito larvae.