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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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Subject: what in the world…
Location: i am in a small farm town, 60 miles west of chicgo, in Minooka, it’s August 7,2015 about 4:30 in the evening, and the weather is nice,no raim
August 7, 2015 2:47 pm
Hi there, I live in Minooka , Illinois and right now it is about 81 degrees, no rain, today is August 7, 2015 and it is about 4:30 pm
My daughter saw this bug and came to me and said look….so I have taken a pretty good close up of it and we were wondering if you, the bug man,could please tell us what is it??? Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you soon
Signature: From Becca and her mommy

Mayfly Exuvia

Mayfly Exuvia

Dear Becca and her mommy,
Is there a body of water nearby?  This appears to be the exuvia of a Mayfly, the only insect to molt twice while in a winged form, so it is possible that this individual flew a short distance from the water, alighted on your highly reflective wooden wall, and molted, leaving behind the shed exoskeleton or exuvia.

Yes,I am right by a little river

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Subject: Peculiar flying bug in Wroxham, England
Location: Wroxham (a town in Norfolk in the East of England)
June 1, 2015 6:02 am
Hi. I hope you can identify this strange creature. On 13 May2015, my wife and I hired a small boat at Wroxham which is a small town in Norfolk in the East of England. A flying bug landed on the boat’s windscreen and stayed there long enough for me to take these photos. It was about an inch in size. The photos were taken through the glass windscreen which enabled me to have this unusual ‘from below’ view. I’ve never seen anything quite like this bug before! Thank you.
Signature: Robin Groen

Mayfly

Mayfly

Dear Robin,
This Mayfly in the order Ephemeroptera has an aquatic nymph, so adults are rarely found far from water as their flight is rather feeble.  Mayflies often emerge in great numbers to mate as they only live a few days.  They do not feed as adults.

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