Mayfly

My Home: I will spend most of my life as a larva in the water. I am found throughout North America and in most
parts of the world.

What I eat: As a larva, I eat algae.
As an adult, I cannot eat because
I do not have a functional
mouth.

What I look like: I am
usually green, ½ to 1 inch
in length and have two
or three long tails that
extend from the end of
my body. I have two
sets of wings that are held
up over my body when I am
not flying.

How I am born: I go through
three stages of development: egg,
naiad and adult. My egg is laid in the
water. I will hatch into a naiad and spend
up to three years living in the water. As an adult,
I will only live from two minutes to two days, only
long enough to reproduce.

  
  Fun Facts
Mayflies have been
around since before dinosaurs
even existed; over 350 million years.
Mayflies need clean water to live in and
scientists look for their larva in water to
see if the water is polluted.