BERLIN (AP) — The Danish Mayfly was selected Friday by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of…
The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs.
Mayflies have existed for about 355 million years and today some 140 species live in Central Europe, the commission said.
Female mayflies zigzag over water between May and September, laying thousands of eggs that then sink. Larvae hatch within a few days, and eventually develop gills. Buried in riverbeds, they take between one to three years to develop.
With no mouth parts nor a functioning intestine, the fully developed mayfly has only a few days then to mate and lay new eggs before it dies.