Friday, June 24, 2022

Magnificent Mayfly


This beauty spent the day against the glass of my sliding door, so I was able to take pics of it from all sides - lucky me!

Its common name is the giant mayfly, widespread in, and native to, the United States. Their larvae eat mosquitoes. This is its underside:

These insects are bioindicators: gauges of ecosystem health; they cannot tolerate polluted/poor waters.

This individual was stationary (and not dead) the entire day on a vertical sheet of glass, and I was able to get right up close to its wings without it startling.

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