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Mayflies have an aquatic stage called naiads which are herbaceous scavengers.  They are elongated, flattened, or cylindrical with long legs, side gills, and 3 (some have 2) long thin tails.

The front legs are often longer than the others and are held forward when at rest.

They have 4 wings the rear wings are smaller than the front pair.  At rest, wings are held over the body.  Adults have clear wings while pre-adults are cloudy.  Mayflies are the only insect to molt after they have wings.  Adults do not eat and only live a few hours or a few days.



Dead mayfly found in water.




Mayfly molt attached to wall, not near water.


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