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Subject: Is that a stinger?
Location: St. John’s Newfoundland
July 20, 2016 6:16 pm
Hi there,, saw this little creature tonight. I’ve lived in this area all my life and I don’t recall ever seeing one before. Any idea what this little (about 1.5 inches) guy might be? And is that a stinger on his back end? Thank you!
Signature: Curious on the Rock

Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Thank you for your quick response!  I’ve done a little research and it looks like my friend is a Mayfly!

Giant Mayfly

Giant Mayfly

We know you already identified your Mayfly, but it is such a nice image that we want to post it so our readers will learn to recognize Mayflies.  We believe your individual is a Giant Mayfly in the genus Hexagenia which we researched on BugGuide.  We also want to address your stinger question.  According to BugGuide, Mayflies have:  “usually three long thin tail projections (cerci); some species have only two cerci” but there is no further explanation.  The features of Mayflies are described on Mayfly.org including “It also features three long cerci or tails at the end if the body.”  Once again, the purpose or function of the cerci are not explained.  We will continue to research this matter. 

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Subject: Flying River Insect
Location: Louisville, Kentucky (riverside)
June 27, 2016 3:43 pm
Dear Bugman,
Yesterday, June 26th, as I drove to the edge of the Ohio River, in Louisville, Kentucky, a small swarm of these dragonfly like insects landed all over my car. I actually had one that took a ride to the grocery store with me, afterward! I suspect that they were juvenile dragonflies. Can you confirm?
Signature: Waterwatcher

Mayfly

Mayfly

Dear Waterwatcher,
This is a Mayfly and they can get very numerous at times.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Pennsylvania
April 25, 2016 6:39 pm
Saw this on my deck today. What is it?
Signature: NB

Mayfly Exuvia

Mayfly Exuvia

Dear NB,
This is the shed exoskeleton or exuvia of a Mayfly.  You must live near a body of water.

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Subject: Transparent insect
Location: Australia, Melbourne
March 10, 2016 4:38 pm
Hi, I saw this fella as I was leaving the house for work this morning. Didn’t have a lot of time to stand around so I took a quick snapshot and left. It didn’t move once. I estimate it’s between 1-2cm in total length.
Signature: K

Mayfly Exuvia

Mayfly Exuvia

Dear K,
The insect, most likely a Mayfly, has flown away, leaving behind this exuvia, or cast off exoskeleton.  Since Mayfly larvae are aquatic, we are guessing you live near water.

Hi,
Sorry a little late seeing this reply. Thank you for taking the time!
Actually I live in the suburbs but the closest river is about 3 km away so I guess it’s not surprising. This is the first time I’ve seen one though and figured it wasn’t alive when it stayed there for about a week lol.
Thanks again!

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Subject: What on Earth?
Location: Southwestern PA
August 18, 2015 5:20 pm
Hello bugman! I saw this little beauty on the side of my brothers house. I’ve never seen anything like it! Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Kyra Bergman

Mayfly Exuvia

Mayfly Exuvia

Dear Kyra,
This is the cast off exoskeleton or exuvia of a Mayfly, an insect that because its nymph is aquatic is generally found near water.  We just finished posting an image of an adult Mayfly.

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Newfoundland
August 18, 2015 5:12 pm
I live in Trepassey Newfoundland, Canada. I saw an odd bug today at work that I’ve never seen before in my entire life, but today I saw three! Could you possibly identify it?
Signature: Tyler Ryan

Mayfly

Mayfly

Dear Tyler,
This is a Mayfly in the insect order Ephemeroptera.

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