How to Survive a Massive Mayfly Swarm
For those early morning CFers who were wondering… We were witnesses to an entomological phenomenon known as mayfly hatching. Don’t worry, they don’t sting or even have mouths to bite at this nymph stage (only live a couple days at most). …And at least it wasn’t an actual swarm! I’ve been through a couple of those – in Michigan and in PA – and they’re nasty 😕
“Adopt the right mindset. Think of it this way. The hatch is a remarkable demonstration of nature in action. For instance, you may be able to watch a mayfly molt right before your eyes. “If you’re lucky, one will land on your arm, its back will split open, it will emerge from the old exoskeleton, and then it will fly away leaving its little skin behind,” Latimore said. Yes, lucky you.”
Late spring and early summer there is a short-lived but massive mayfly invasion. Millions and millions of the fluttering insects rise up from the lake and into the air in thick clouds.