National Insect Week returns in 2020
(Ancient Greek - short-lived = sheath ; pteron = wing)
Mainly aquatic, found near rivers and ponds, large wings, three "tails", large compound eyes
Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.