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The invasion of mayflies is happening as swarms are spotted on the radar

Posted at 7:30 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 12:24:32-04

First, it was the midges, and now it's the mayflies. They're bigger than midges and more noticeable as swarms were spotted hanging out on cars and roads Thursday morning.

The mayflies wanted in on the fun as they were seen at the Goodtime III box office presumably waiting for the ticket booth to open.

Mayflies go by other common names such as shadfly, sandfly, dayfly and fishfly. In their aquatic stage, they're referred to as nymphs and are widely distributed and seen in freshwater, making Lake Erie the ultimate habitat, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

The invasion of mayflies was spotted on the Power of 5 radar as they make their way inland.

Mayfly eggs are hatched in water before they make their way inland. Because of this, they are vulnerable to fish. Walleye and other freshwater fish feed off mayfly eggs.

Adult mayflies usually live for 24 hours, and its sole purpose is to find partners and a mate before it dies.