Mayflies are supposed to turn up on the 1st of May. Well they all popped out in the pond yesterday, 24hours late, which I will put down to the cold weather, so will forgive them.
I first noticed one today beneath the water when I was checking out the tadpoles, and then a few seconds later I saw one on the surface.
While taking the photos, laying down in the wet clover, more and more were coming out. They were either finding their way on to surfaces out of the water or remaining onthe water surface.
I have catalogued them today photographically as another day in the life of the pond.
This was the first hatched Mayfly I saw, climbing up the Flag Iris
This one was skating around on the surface, driven by the wind.
This one had taken refuge on a small piece of decaying log in the pond.
I liked the simplicity of this image
All of these images were taken with the 7D and Canon 180 macro, and used flash as it was so dark out there today. Flash was either the on-board, or the on-board + 580EX that the 7D wirelessly triggered.
I am expecting to get planty more exciting images from the pond this year, so will be titling them Pond Life. In my next installment, I will show the transition of Large Red Damselflies from the naiad or nymph stage through to the ready for take of stage.