For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mayflies - Order Ephemeroptera

Mayflies are very small and sometimes confused with mosquitos but can be distinguished by their tails.
Some species only live a few hours and some a day and they go throught their whole life cycle in that time. They live near water and do not have mouth parts with which to eat. Of the 2500 known species, about 100 occur in the region.
Info:Field Guide to Insects of South Africa.