Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)

  • Boris Kondratieff
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1753
The Ephemeroptera or mayflies, are a primitive order of aquatic insects that, as adults, are easily distinguished by the presence of two pairs of membranous wings, the front wings larger and triangular in shape, with the hind wings much smaller (and sometimes absent). The antennae are bristle-like, and two or three long segmented caudal filaments or “tails” extend at the end of the abdomen. Additionally, adults are usually found at or near bodies of water (Fig. 16).
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris Kondratieff
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  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA