53/150: If you think adulting is hard as a human, try it as a mayfly where you only have a single day to reproduce!

Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Ephemeroptera: Siphlonuridae: Siphlonurus: Siphlonurus alternatus (Say, 1824)

The great Carl Sagan once said that “Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their lives in the course of a single day”. While this is indeed true for adult mayflies, whose order classification “Ephemeroptera” is coined from the term ephemeral, it is not entirely accurate. Continue reading “53/150: If you think adulting is hard as a human, try it as a mayfly where you only have a single day to reproduce!”