Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 4:38 AM
A friend of mine who lives in Temecula, CA, is wondering what sort of bug landed near his computer, one early morning in June of 08.
I have been searching the internet trying to figure out what it might be, but am alas, at a loss. However, I am no insect expert at all, so it may be something simple….. Can you shed some light on this?
Anyone who uses the word alas in a letter is a peach for us. Despite its appearance in June, this is a Mayfly, an insect in the order Ephemeroptera. We are not very good at identifying the specific species of Mayflies, so we hope this general identification will suffice. This may be a Small Minnow Mayfly in the genus Callibaetis as evidenced by images on BugGuide. Mayflies often appear in great numbers near bodies of water when the aquatic nymphs mature into adults and swarm in their annual nuptial flight.