July 18, 2014 • 1 Comment
A few mornings ago, I saw this interesting character hanging out on my back door. I curiously watched him for few moments and then decided to pull out my macro lens and invite my visitor to be a model. Much to my delight, he agreed to strike a few poses. In all actuality, I believe he was watching me just as much as I was watching him. The varying positions of his eyes in these photos is proof enough to me. I photographed him from both the inside and outside of the door, capturing a view from above and below. What was most interesting to me is that his eyes followed me from both directions. I refer to my visitor as "he" because, after we spent some time together, we parted ways and I set off to research a little about him and his kind. During my investigation, I discovered that his large eyes (extremely sensitive in order to spot his lady) and long legs (in order to grab his lady, mid-air, during mating) clearly classified him as male. I tried to find out more about his eyes but, honestly, my average research time is short and sporadic so I didn't find much. Just that the bottoms of his eyes are used for seeing greater detail. Mayflies have very interesting lives. They hatch and then live under water or in damp places (under wet rocks, wood, etc) and live for anywhere from two weeks to two years at which point they emerge as a winged adult. They rest for a while and a few hours later, they moult again into a brighter color. Their adult lifespan is approximately one day. The males form a swarm over water where they spot their lady friends, grab a hold of one, and mate. The female then spirals down to the water, depositing her eggs, and laying in wait for her moment of fish food glory. The males return to land to die. The deposited eggs fall into the water and attach to rocks or plants. There is a certain species of Mayfly that actually pulls herself under the water to deposit her eggs before drowning.
After learning all of this, I wonder why Mr. Mayfly was hanging out on my backdoor. I figure that maybe he is a little like me and directionally challenged. Or, he is like me and determined to step outside of life's box and live differently. Either way (or both), I think we bonded. And I hope he left his short lived life with the satisfaction of knowing that, out of the more than billions of Mayflies flitting around out there, he was one of only a few to have been immortalized via internet fame. Small internet fame, as it is, but seriously.... 15 minutes of fame to a Mayfly is practically a lifetime.
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Just to let you know what a talented person you are. I love your blogs and your photos especially the macro ones.
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