Mayflies at the Wharf
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Mayflies at the Wharf. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

It’s that time of year again. The mayflies have come out in full force for their annual party at the waterfront. Thousands of the tiny winged insects can be seen covering anything and everything as they live out their day-or-so-long existence. The young wingless creatures grow in water before emerging all at once to mate and die.

Mayflies, like like the cicadas who periodically swarm our great city, cannot eat and live out their adult existence swarming around the banks of the Ohio before falling dead back into the water. Fishermen claim trout populations explode at times of Mayfly blooms; the birds’ antics as they chase the clumsy mayflies is also a sight to behold. The photo above was observed on the Louisville Wharf downtown.

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