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Ancient Mayfly Hitchhiker Uncovered
2012-10-18 21:41:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Fossil of Springtail Hitchhiking Mayfly ] Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest evidence of a hitchhiker from 16 million years ago, according to a study published in PLoS ONE. Researchers said they found a mayfly trapped in ancient amber that had a hitchhiking springtail attached to it. A springtail is a wingless arthropod that is among the most commonly found bugs all over the world. The evidence...

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2011-07-19 12:20:00

German scientists have discovered new ancient relatives of the modern mayfly from the Lower Cretaceous of South America. The experts discovered adult winged specimens and preserved larvae to clarify the phylogenetic position of the insects. The insects were equipped with wing venation of a mayfly, breast and wing shape of a dragonfly, and legs of a praying mantis.  However, the larvae look more like freshwater shrimps.  The scientists said some of their characters clearly suggest...

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2011-06-27 08:31:48

About 100 million years ago, a tiny mayfly had a problem. Like most adult mayflies, she only had that one day to live anyway, so there was no time to waste. She took her mating flight, got fertilized, and was about to lay her eggs when something went horribly wrong. She got stuck in some oozing tree sap and died, preserved for all time in the magic of amber. There would be ho hatchlings. It was a pretty rude ending to what was already going to be a short adulthood. But her personal tragedy...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 11--La Crosse sidewalks had an extra crunch Thursday after the summer's first big mayfly hatch the night before. The National Weather Service in La Crosse captured the hatch on radar about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday as millions of the insects emerged from their underwater burrows. The Hexagenia flies native to this area spend most of their lives as larvae under the Mississippi River, rise to the surface when the water temperature is warm enough --...

2008-06-19 09:00:30

COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Security, health and safety sensors in coal mines, buildings or underground public transit areas where air or water does not readily flow may one day be improved by research on young mayflies at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering. Mechanical engineers Ken Kiger and Elias Balaras and entomologist Jeffrey Shultz at the University of Maryland have identified a biological mechanism in the young mayflies that...