Mayfly - Ephemera danica
Nikon D810, 150mm
Berner Oberland, Schweiz Every year, I am looking forward to the mayfly season. The mayfly (Ephemera danica) is a graceful beauty and in my eyes one of the most beautiful micro-organisms.
With a little luck and endurance you can find them resting on a flower, in the grass or on the water.
At larvae stage the Ephemera danica spends most of their live protected in the beds of rivers and lakes. In order to survive in the muddy ground the mayfly nymphs evolved breathing filaments which are swayed to create a current. Hidden in the sediment, they stay there for a whole year and grow to a considerable size. They can reach a body length of four centimeters. In order to hatch, many larvae leave their safe hiding place and push to the surface with wriggling movements.
After hitting the surface, the skin cracks open and the mayfly hatches.
With not yet hardenend wings the young mayfly is not able to fly right away. With jumping and fluttering movements the mayfly tries to escape the surface and the predators below.
Clumsy-looking,many duns crash shortly after the first few lift off.
Once freed from this distressing situation on the water surface the mayfly duns rises into the air. Despite the danger,the newly hatched mayflies are exposed to,plenty make it to the safe shore, where they exuviate its skin for the last time. The now called mayflyimagos perform an imposing weddingdance in the air, in which they repeatedly fly up and down. An impressive natural spectacle to watch.
Once finished dancing the mating and the oviposition takes place. The short adult life ends for the males immediately after mating, while the females die after oviposition. 📷 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #got__greatshots#ig_world_colors#colors_of_day#worldprime#nature#macroandflora#earthcapture#natgeocreative#macroworld_tr#fotofanatics_macro_#fotofanatics_nature_#bokeh_bliss#ig_today @ig_today #ig_myshots#ig_myshot#igbest_macros#nature_perfection#kings_insects#top_macro#macro_brilliance#macro_vision#macro_freaks#beautifuldestinations#earthfocus#pictureoftheday#picoftheday