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Photograph by József L. Szentpéteri

In a blue cape of newly minted wings, an adult male pursues mates. With streaming tails mayflies may reach five inches (12 centimeters) in length. Females molt just once to become adults, but males must do it twice. First they shed into the subadult stage. They remain in this stage only for a few minutes. The most vital development, that of the sexual organs, isn't complete until after the second molt, when males change their brown wings for blue ones. At this point they have only about three hours to mate before they die.


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 200mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late afternoon, last light of day
Lighting Techniques: Flash



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