It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Watch out…

the Mayflies are here.  The pesky insects have made their way to central Illinois.  They’re big, they’re gross and they are seemingly everywhere, though not for long.

Now, this is a new one for me.  I have never lived close to water before. (I live not far from the Illinois River now.)  “The inch long insects have started their annual mating season along the Illinois River and other bodies of water.”  They will lay their eggs on top of the river and other bodies of water in the coming weeks and will die soon after.


I am not a fan of insects although I realize that most insects play an important role in the scheme of things.  Actually this gross fly does too.  The bugs are used across the country to judge the cleanliness of water so seeing them is really a good sign.  I haven’t seen one yet, but since the morning paper warned me that they are here I definitely will be on the lookout for them.  lol

It is another gorgeous morning here, only in the 60s right now.  I have the front screen opened up letting in the cool air while giving the air conditioner a much needed rest.  I have several things I need to do today, starting with cleaning the bathroom.  I am not in the mood for that. In my home before I had two bathrooms, one of them extremely large and I managed to keep them clean.  Now I am just too busy here, getting out and doing new things.  Shoot, in 100 years not one person will give a tiddleypoop if I cleaned my bathroom on 29 June 2010.



  1. Well I live close to a river and I haven't seen those really. Guess I would if I would look though. I am with you this cool stuff made me sleeeeeep like a baby. Mom and I both needed it badly. Ahh that fresh cool air is great! You are so right let the bathroom one will care. Have a great one today!

  2. Mayflies have an interesting life don't they? I had my windows open last night till mid morning. I slept like ah dead rock. Have a fun day!

  3. Good Morning Beth, I'm glad I don't see bugs like that around here. We do get a lot of bees in the Summer though. Even though we don't have a lot of flowers in our yard, they like to build nests under our eves for some reason. I hope you have a nice day!

  4. Living in the South, I am very familiar with the Mayfly, and Beth, RUNNNNNNN. These darn things actually attack and go for blood. It's the fastest hit you'll ever see or feel, but you'll see the little trail of blood on your arm, or face, or back, or anywhere they can hit. Their bite is unforgettable; it hurts. Here, they used to come out the beginning of May and were around for the month and then gone. I had a pier and all my neighbors did, too, but you never saw people relaxing on their piers during May. All you saw and heard were people running through their yards, yelling, swatting, and trying to get away from the darn things. Ugh, can't stand 'em. Didn't know they were as far away as you are. Wonder if it's another greening effect.

    I'm pooped. Still haven't slept. Sort of hard to tell what day it is now :D Enjoy that weather of yours. Hot, hot, hot here but tomorrow is supposed to be better.

  5. Hmmm, didn't know that about Mayflies. But shouldn't they be called Juneflies or maybe Julyflies? Maybe they're just late this year.

  6. I have never heard of these but maybe we dont have them in Canda . Informative, interesting and very enjoyable Beth.
    I hope your liking Blogger Beth.
    Have a nice day


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