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Mayfly by melvynyeo Mayfly by melvynyeo
Mayfly are not common here and are very small! This male is only 5-7mm long excluding the tail. Glad this one perch at the right place for me to shoot it against a black BG... look at its delicate wings! :) Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfly
The lifespan of an adult mayfly is very short and varies depending on the species. The primary function of the adult is reproduction; the mouthparts are vestigial, and the digestive system is filled with air.

The wings are membranous, with extensive venation, and are held upright like those of a butterfly. The hindwings are much smaller than the forewings, and may be vestigial or absent. The second segment of the thorax, which bears the forewings, is enlarged, holding the main flight muscles.

Adults have short, flexible antennae, large compound eyes and three ocelli. In most species, the males' eyes are large and the front legs unusually long, for use in locating and grasping females during mid-air mating. In some species, all legs aside from the males' front legs are useless. Uniquely among insects, mayflies possess paired genitalia, with the male having two penises and the female two gonopores. The abdomen is roughly cylindrical, with 10 segments and two long cerci at the tip.
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Wow, never noticed mayflies had cool wing fringes like that! Quite the lovely thing. Great picture of this little beauty!
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool!  I love his wings!  Great shot!  :lol: 
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Leda74 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Cool hat bro :D
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aloneordead Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014
it is like it s wearing a hat that is cute :) nice photo and nice job :)
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Jarrahwhite Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Looks like it's wearing a red hat.
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