|Giant Mayfly (Hexagenia limbala)|
Fish love to eat mayflies and fly fisherman create lures that look like mayflies. Mayflies belong to the order Ephemeroptera, which means shot-lived and winged. Most mayfly species go through a one-year cycle of eggs which hatch into larvae or nymphs. The nymphs then hatch into sub-adults or sub-imagos , which then molt into adults.
Sub-adult and adult mayflies have delicate bodies and wings. Their veined wings are held vertically above the body when at rest, and are almost transparent in the adult stage. Sub-adults have more opaque wing color. Adults have 2 or 3 long tails, and long fore legs. Eyes are large and well developed, especially in the males.
Adult Giant Mayflies can be identified by their twin filament tails , darkened wings and yellow and brown patterned coloring on their bodies.,
|Giant Mayfly (Hexagenia limbala) Note the Twin Filament Tail|
Giant Mayflies are common in the Eastern United Stales and can appear in large quantities in the summer months_ They represent one of the largest Mayfly type insects in North America and dwell in and around water sources .
|Giant Mayfly (Hexagenia limbala) Note the Long Front Legs|