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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Mayflies

ORDER: EPHEMEROPTERA

(Ancient Greek - short-lived = sheath ; pteron = wing)

Mainly aquatic, found near rivers and ponds, large wings, three "tails", large compound eyes

Insects in this order

  • Green Drake Mayfly

    © Stuart Crofts Ephemera danica female Mayflies are the most primitive winged insects. Nymphs live in freshwater and species show adaptations to their particular niche, in open water they are cylindrical shaped with long thin legs, under stones they are flat and stout with outstretched legs,...

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