Mayflies in my wheel barrow

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  1. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    During my spring cleaning today I started to investigate the bug life in the water that had collected in my wheelbarrow since the last time I used it. I'm used to seeing bloodworms, chironomids, mosquito larva, but this time I happened to notice mayfly shucks and upon closer inspection I found several mayfly nymphs as well. I didn't think they could live in stagnant water like that. Pretty freakin cool.
     
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    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    That's awesome man. It was a couple years ago at my old house in Susanville,Ca, around 4500'. I look at my dad and I see a purple mayfly on my dad's shirt. The closest stream was a mile and a half away, so it either flew way off track, or hatched in some stagnant water. I don't know. Did I mention it was purple, and it was a spinner around a #12 :confused:
     
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    Hi Irafly-
    Stillwater mayflies (like Callibaetis, etc.) certainly can. A gravid female imago probably discovered your wheelbarrow sometime following a rainstorm last fall and thought, why the heck not! ;)
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    The sad thing is, to think about how long that wheelbarrow had to sit full of water to create a mayfly hatch, and a new set of nymphs. Maybe I should do more yard work. Now, where is the nearest Stillwater to me versus the lower snohomish. Maybe these bugs are not callibaetis. I'll take a pic if they are still alive after this next fishing trip
     
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    Irafly-
    Think small; it could even be your next door neighbor's wheelbarrow. ;)
     
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