Demise of the Mayflies
In the wee hours of this morning, I decided to run out and grab some breakfast for myself and my husband. I love being outside in the early morning in the summer. The temperature is perfect, the sun is soft and pretty and everything is quiet and lazy. I wasn’t expecting to step into a horror scene just outside my front door here in Minnesota.
Scattered across the pavement as far as I could see were millions of mayfly corpses. Mayflies are sometimes referred to as “one-day” flies because of their extremely short life span, and when they hit maturity they just fall out of the air and die. If you come across a grouping that all matured at the same time, you’ll end up with a disgusting display like the one I saw this morning.
Note from Natalina: If you enjoy cell phone photography, please take a moment to visit a new site that I created. It is called mixing tramadol and oxycodone, and is 100% cell phone photos, many of them submitted by readers. If you have some cell phone photos you’d like to see displayed on the site, please submit them using our super convenient and ultra easy submission form! Click Here to Submit YOUR photo and Click Here to Browse the CPA Gallery!
Apparently, this is a Minnesota-wide issue. This year, the mayfly hatch was unprecedented, and has even been responsible for a number of accidents. According to the New York Daily News:
One of the biggest hatches of mayflies in a decade has wreaked havoc in Minnesota, leaving a car crash in its wake.
A four-inch-thick layer of dead mayflies covered the Highway 61 Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River Sunday night, causing a driver to lose control of his vehicle and hit another car head-on, according to ABC news.
“I noticed little things were pelting my windshield, and I looked up and thought, was it raining? Nope, mayflies,” Kevin Clemen, who was driving over the bridge when an oncoming car hit his family’s vehicle, told KSTP-TV.
Clemen quickly got out of the car to see if his family was alright, but there were so many bugs, he couldn’t even walk. (read more…)