You can find them everywhere. (Source: Dan Salamone)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
If you live anywhere near the lake, you're probably waking up to the first swarm of mayflies this season.
The pesky little buggers are blanketing everything in sight! They're just falling from the sky, sometimes thousands of them.
Rocky River Nature Center's Marty Calabrese, there are 2,000 mayfly
species worldwide. Mayflies can live from a few hours to a month.
They may be
a pest, but Calabrese says they serve an important purpose.
indicators of good water quality," said Calabrese. "So they're not going to be
around if there's lots of pollution. Trout like to eat them. Birds
like to eat them. They're great for migrating birds. This is a big food source,
lots of biomass."
there may be fewer of these harmless bugs.
"The emergence was delayed, as well," Calabrese said. "There
are some thoughts as to why. Perhaps decaying algae on Lake Erie has sucked up
some of that oxygen and they don't do so well. They need clean, fresh water."
mayflies are only around to reproduce. It's a good sign to see them around the
lake because it means the lake is healthy.