19 Sep

Swarm of Mayflies Invades Ohio Shows Up on Weather Radar

first_imgNot rain… but MAYFLIES on the radar tonight out near the islands! pic.twitter.com/eZAGqJBTYz— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) June 27, 2019 pic.twitter.com/5VwKHyyhuo— Mel Neeley (@me_neeley) June 24, 2019In May, Florida residents had to deal with their own “bugpocalypse,” when thousands of lovebugs swarmed the state in their annual invasion, splattering their gooey insides on car hoods and windshields, and flying into people’s mouths.More on Geek.com:Photographer Captures ‘Pollen Apocalypse’ in North CarolinaWatch: Florida Man Hilariously Dodges Lovebugs With ‘The Matrix’ MovesMore Than 100 Praying Mantises Hidden in Christmas Tree Infest Woman’s Home Stay on target New Wasps Named After Cookies, ‘Doctor Who’ VillainsWorld’s Largest Bee Rediscovered in Wild center_img Residents of northeastern Ohio are battling a crazy amount of mayflies that are hatching and invading parts of the state.The swarm has been so dense that it has been detected by a National Weather Service weather radar on Wednesday and Thursday as they moved from Lake Erie inland to Cleveland, Sandusky and other Ohio cities.So we may have had a few mayflies show up last night @MILLERBOATLINE. pic.twitter.com/H15LQx2lRr— Stone Laboratory (@stonelab) June 27, 2019People living Catawba have even taken to social media to share wild images of cars and storefronts covered in the insects, which don’t bite but can create hazards for motorists, sometimes closing bridges.The mayflies come from the waters of Lake Erie.According to the Ohio State University, the mayflies begin as eggs burrowing in lake sediment, and after a year or two, they swim to the surface, emerging fully winged.You saw them on radar last night… here’s what they looked like morning. Ummm…. yikes? Mayflies. pic.twitter.com/WTgTroqBKf— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) June 27, 2019Adult mayflies vary in size from a quarter-inch to an inch long.Mayflies have actually been used as a key indicator of environmental health by agencies like the Ohio EPA to assess how Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes are faring over time.They’re heeeereeee …Thanks to this photo from Miller Ferry sent to us by Kevin, we can see that the Mayflies are out in force this summer. Are you seeing them near you? pic.twitter.com/sKjJi9ATa4— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) June 27, 2019“Scientists agree that the inconveniences caused by swarms of mayflies during about a month each summer are more than offset by the potential benefits to the sport and commercial fisheries of the western basin of Lake Erie and parts of the other Great Lakes,” the Ohio Sea Grant research and education program said. Fortunately for those who have an aversion to bugs,  the mayflies won’t be around long. Individual mayflies live up to two days once they come on land. The swarms typically last about a month.These are Mayflies. All the lampposts here are covered in them! Chillin by the water until my next meeting. pic.twitter.com/otpbLLBY1y— Danielle (@DanielleA_) June 27, 2019last_img read more