Transcript Mayflies by: Sam Easterbrook
Mayflies by: Sam Easterbrook – 2,000 species of mayflies worldwide. – One of the oldest known animals, has been around 300,000,000 years. – These insects are very small adults only reach about 2cm in length. – Mayfly larvae spend two to three years in a pond or river before developing into an adult. – For adult mayflies flight is very weak because of their very thin fragile wings. – Unlike many other flying insects mayflies cannot walk on the – Main purpose of adult mayflies is to reproduce. – Mayflies die almost immediately after mating. – Adult mayflies cannot eat because of degenerate mouth parts and an incomplete digestive tract. – The scientific name of mayflies is Ephemeroptera danica (meaning living for a day.) – Mayflies also have well developed compound eyes. – Females always lay eggs in water. – Mayflies are also used for fly fishing. – Trout especially like mayflies for bate. – In conclusion mayflies are an interesting insect that live when young, become an adult, reproduce then die. Then the cycle starts again. – Thank you for watching.