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Bugged out: ODNR worker is a magnet for mayflies

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 07:55:01-04

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — The mayflies love the shores of Lake Erie and anyone who frequents its shores. The latest magnet to the mayflies is an Ohio Department of Natural Resources employee working along the lake.

A picture released by ODNR on June 29 shows a technician covered in mayflies while outside at Catawba Island State Park in Port Clinton.

The technician was conducting an electrofishing survey on Lake Erie when he was greeted by mayflies as soon as he turned the lights on near the state park.

Last week, a man in Port Clinton captured photos of the mayflies swarming over parked cars at the Miller Ferry.

While mayflies are a nuisance, they are harmless.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, there are more than 2,500 species of mayflies worldwide and about 700 in the United States. Adult mayflies’ lifespans are very short, lasting usually only several days.