The main things you need to know about mayflies - and this year's batch of hell-bug nightmares, in particular - include:
- The 2014 invasion has started off a bit more slowly than in other years
- There are presently millions of them hanging out on walls/cars/everything along the whole Lake Erie shore
- They only live in their fully matured and annoying forms for about a day or two (though their eggs and larvae lead muddy lives at the bottom of the lake for up to two years)
- The more inventive among us will have likely created an unofficial Mayfly Drinking Game by noon today
- A heavy invasion is a good barometer for the overall health of Lake Erie, despite the barrage of news stories that says otherwise
- Mayflies emit "a fishy smell once they've been squished"
- In regions of New Guinea and Africa, mayflies are eaten once the population has fully invaded.
- Male mayflies have two penises; female mayflies have two gonopores.
And now, a few fun photos of mayflies in action:
Mayflies! Mayflies everywhere! pic.twitter.com/NylJ32djmo
— Cuyahoga Planning (@countyplanning) June 18, 2014
— Jorge I. Figueroa (@JIFF01) June 18, 2014
@19ActionNews Here's one for you: Mayflies on my home in Avon Lake. Yuck! pic.twitter.com/DuqvLDa77z
— Melissa S.S. (@MSteeleSteeber) June 18, 2014
Mayflies are here! http://t.co/2DsU3NLJb6 pic.twitter.com/oWSXsXjGVI
— 19 Action News WOIO (@19ActionNews) June 18, 2014