Wildlife and other things of interest on and around the river Ock in south Oxfordshire
Monday, 24 May 2010
The day in the life of a mayfly
Having spent the past two years as nymphs living in the river and eating algae, the hot weather has bought the mayfly out on mass. The adult stage has no mouth parts or digestive system and only live for short period of time - often only a day.
Having emerged from the river they find somewhere suitable for their wings to dry, like this one on a footpath:
The lucky ones find a mate.
The unlucky ones find a spiders web
Or are feed to young starlings:
Those who have successfully mated and reproduced end their one day as an adult dying in the river. Probably eaten by a fish.