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Order Ephemeroptera – mayflies

Ephemeroptera means “short-lived wing”

Habitat: fast flowing streams and shallow ponds with high levels of dissolved oxygen.


  • Adults live on land 1-2 days, long enough to mate, often in swarming flights
  • Females deposit eggs on the surface of a pond or stream, or object in water.
  • Eggs hatch into nymphs that feed on algae and detritus.
  • Nymphs are aquatic and live 1-2 years before emerging as winged adults.
Order Ephemeroptera - mayflies


Order Ephemeroptera - mayflies

Flat-head mayfly