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(Channel 3000 Madison)   The mayfly hatch along the Mississippi River was so large it could be seen on radar. I, for one, welcome our new mayfly overlords   (channel3000.com) divider line 65
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2014-07-21 03:44:37 PM  
Well, she hasn't skipped a meal, has she?

/NTTAWWT
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 03:54:05 PM  
RocketRod: Well, she hasn't skipped a meal, has she?

That is a horribly insensitive comment. Adult mayflies don't eat and starve to death in a day or so.
 
2014-07-21 04:13:33 PM  
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2014-07-21 04:21:07 PM  
Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 04:28:14 PM  
browneye

One of those British nature programs showed a hatch in Europe. The first isolated mayflies to emerge were eaten by birds. Then there were too many. Some tiny midges (Ceratopogonidae) pluck small mayflies out of the air. I expect dragonflies, robber flies, and such love them too, but the "predator satiation" strategy means most mayflies will survive long enough to mate.
 
2014-07-21 04:37:58 PM  
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2014-07-21 04:40:23 PM  
Wisconsin sized all around
 
2014-07-21 04:40:27 PM  

browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.


Doesn't matter, they die after one day.
 
2014-07-21 04:42:11 PM  
It is July people! Why are MAYflies hatching in July!? Chemtrails!
 
2014-07-21 04:42:27 PM  
They're two months late!

/drove through Lebeau, Louisiana one season years ago and saw something very similar to this:
www.channel3000.com
 
2014-07-21 04:43:06 PM  
Scary?
Subby might want to check his tampon.
 
2014-07-21 04:43:26 PM  
That's biblical levels of swarm right there.
 
2014-07-21 04:43:34 PM  

ZAZ: RocketRod: Well, she hasn't skipped a meal, has she?

That is a horribly insensitive comment. Adult mayflies don't eat and starve to death in a day or so.


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2014-07-21 04:43:44 PM  
 

Larry Mahnken: browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.

Doesn't matter, they die after one day.


time is the apex scavenger
 
2014-07-21 04:44:17 PM  
static.squarespace.com
Maybe we can get these bats on this radar over to those mayflies on that radar.
 
2014-07-21 04:44:54 PM  

RocketRod: Well, she hasn't skipped a meal, has she?

/NTTAWWT


She was built when meat was cheap.
 
2014-07-21 04:45:14 PM  
May fly, may crash, maybe shot out of the sky, Malaysia Airlines you never know what'll happen.
 
2014-07-21 04:45:32 PM  
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2014-07-21 04:48:07 PM  
Dirty snow???

www.channel3000.com
 
2014-07-21 04:49:23 PM  

neversubmit: May fly, may crash, maybe shot out of the sky, Malaysia Airlines you never know what'll happen.


Larry Mahnken: browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.

Doesn't matter, they die after one day.


haveuheard.net

now it all makes sense
 
2014-07-21 04:49:38 PM  

Larry Mahnken: browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.

Doesn't matter, they die after one day.


But their corpses get caked all over everything....
 
2014-07-21 04:51:14 PM  
Welcome to our mayfly overlords on behalf of... whoops, they're all dead again. NEVER MIND.

Reminds me of the old SF story about the monstrously powerful alien invaders who landed on Earth and were swallowed by a small dog (Douglas Adams is probably remembering the same SF story I read as a child when he re-tells this old tale).

Timing and scale matter. The biggest army doesn't always win, especially if it is large in numbers but facing superior technology and organization.

Conversely, the richest world power has trouble projecting its might in some of the more remote and backward places. Donald Rumsfeld came close to paraphrasing the old joke about the drunk searching for his lost keys under a street lamp several streets away from where he lost his keys because the light was better there, when he suggested the US fought in Iraq because the targets where richer there than in Afghanistan where Al Qaeda was holed up in caves or tunnels under some walled farm stead.

Rumsfeld understood the theatre of the absurd side of war:  it is not enough to strike the enemy, you must be seen to strike the enemy, so sometimes it pays to strike the wrong enemy, like a clown striking his zany or stooge instead of the Big Scary Guy.

We don't have to worry about swarms of May flies because they are only active for a day or two and they spend the whole time looking for mates. Their eating is done as larvae (like cicadas which live underground for years before emerging to threaten us with their swarms and loud noises).

And then, of course, there's the giant swordsman that whozit there, Indiana Jones cooly shoots with his pistol. A powerful and skilled enemy but a dead one because Indiana Jones breaks one of the unwritten rules of fighting bad guys:  you have to fight them on their own terms and with their own weapons as if fighting a duel.

Nope. An atomic bomb can easily wipe out an army of knights in shining army. If China had had the bomb, Ghengis Khan would be a joke today, not the world's greatest rape artist and the founder of a notable dynasty in the world's greatest and richest empire of the day.
 
2014-07-21 04:52:52 PM  
Just have that reporter eat them all.
 
2014-07-21 04:59:26 PM  
If I were an alien I would fly around in a UFO disguised as the Goodyear Blimp or a hot-air balloon advertising a real estate company. Nobody ever suspects the hot air balloon, except maybe Woody Allen who has met aliens and talked with them.

Now, I'm not saying that aliens appear on radar as flocks of bats, but smart aliens appear on radar as swarms of bats. Other popular disguises include ordinary aircraft, balloons, swamp gas and the planet Venus. Some look just like white pelicans from a distance.

Sadly this makes it impossible to play spot the alien and there can therefore be no proof that UFOs are extraterrestrial craft because they are indistinguishable from ordinary day-to-day sightings.

My UFO says Trink Coca-Cola on the side. Not only is it an advertising slogan, it is in German and therefore very confusing except when spotted over Germany or maybe Luxembourg or Switzerland. Of course, if Coca Cola ever figures out this clever ruse, they will sue the ass off of us aliens in a trice.

I just noticed a typo in my previous post: I typed army for armour. Drat.

Aliens made me do it. Prove me wrong.
 
2014-07-21 05:00:45 PM  
I take it that it's not convertible season along the Mississippi?
 
2014-07-21 05:03:31 PM  
I lived in LaCrosse for a couple of years.  I learned in my first encounter with them that whatever you do, do not use your windshield wipers
 
2014-07-21 05:03:34 PM  

schnee: [static.squarespace.com image 850x637]
Maybe we can get these bats on this radar over to those mayflies on that radar.


For some reason I find the hollowed out pattern particularly disturbing.  Like a bat shock wave.
 
2014-07-21 05:06:18 PM  
So there are going to be a lot of very well fed bats and small birds for a day or so, that's nice.  Though one might wonder what has died out recently that normally would have eaten most of those mayfly larvae, that may not be so nice given that the same species would also eat mosquito larvae.
 
2014-07-21 05:07:13 PM  
My dad was an animal science professor at Mississippi State for 25 years.  He told me of cattle down in the delta choking to death in clouds of mosquitoes.
 
2014-07-21 05:08:34 PM  
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2014-07-21 05:13:13 PM  

Larry Mahnken: browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.

Doesn't matter, they die after one day.


They have a plan to get around that.

bowjamesbow.ca
 
2014-07-21 05:13:29 PM  
looks like veruca got into the gum again.
 
2014-07-21 05:19:26 PM  
jesus! with that many mayflies hatching at once the fishing would be damn tough.  The trout would be bursting at the seams after a small feeding frenzy with that many nymphs emerging all at once! I think i'd be pulling a streamer along the surface and hope for the best.
 
2014-07-21 05:20:55 PM  

brantgoose: Reminds me of the old SF story about the monstrously powerful alien invaders who landed on Earth and were swallowed by a small dog (Douglas Adams is probably remembering the same SF story I read as a child when he re-tells this old tale).


IIRC, it was a comic.  As the ship was flying in it fought off the earth defence ships, which turned out to be snowflakes.  In the last panel you see the dog eat the ship.

Do you remember the one about the alien invaders that sent themselves to earth in individual spacesuits?  The invaders were buglike creatures the fought viciously as soon as the unwary earth people opened the ships/suits.  They wound up in a Navy mess, where the sailors figured out "These canned lobsters are funny-looking, but delicious--only be careful to cook 'em before you open the can!"
 
2014-07-21 05:21:52 PM  
This has been going on for at least 20 years. I worked on towboats on the Mississippi river in the early 90s and we would have to tie up at night because they blocked the radar and the spot light only attracted them.

Then we would spend the day hosing the corpses off the boat.

/hate mayflies.
 
2014-07-21 05:23:10 PM  
It's always odd seeing the sidewalk covered with them, many dead, some still twitching, crawling. It's what I imagine the aftermath would look like after a full scale Civil War era bug ground battle took place..
 
2014-07-21 05:27:35 PM  
Overlords?these things are already dead.
 
2014-07-21 05:27:39 PM  
To paraphrase Shia TheBeef:

/nononnoNonononoNOnononoNononono
//what a mess
///wonder if that would pose any kind of threat to aircraft

 
2014-07-21 05:28:51 PM  

karlandtanya: brantgoose: Reminds me of the old SF story about the monstrously powerful alien invaders who landed on Earth and were swallowed by a small dog (Douglas Adams is probably remembering the same SF story I read as a child when he re-tells this old tale).

IIRC, it was a comic. As the ship was flying in it fought off the earth defence ships, which turned out to be snowflakes. In the last panel you see the dog eat the ship.


I thought it was Hitchhikers Guide
 
2014-07-21 05:32:56 PM  
what to do call a Mayfly with no wings?  A Mustwalk....
 
2014-07-21 05:37:49 PM  
That picture of the ATM is farking terrifying.

Yeah, I know mayflies are harmless, but dayum ...
 
2014-07-21 05:42:03 PM  
Radar Bug was a great song.
 
2014-07-21 05:56:58 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Larry Mahnken: browneye: Soooo are there any animals that eat these things en masse?  Because that is a shait-load of mayflys.

Doesn't matter, they die after one day.

But their corpses get caked all over everything....


They are also slippery when smoooshed all over the road.   Have seen more than a few fender benders because people underestimated the slimy slide.
 
2014-07-21 06:00:25 PM  
Radar, the ultimate tool in your fishing arsenal
 
2014-07-21 06:25:59 PM  

brantgoose: Welcome to our mayfly overlords on behalf of... whoops, they're all dead again. NEVER MIND.

Reminds me of the old SF story about the monstrously powerful alien invaders who landed on Earth and were swallowed by a small dog (Douglas Adams is probably remembering the same SF story I read as a child when he re-tells this old tale).

Timing and scale matter. The biggest army doesn't always win, especially if it is large in numbers but facing superior technology and organization.

Conversely, the richest world power has trouble projecting its might in some of the more remote and backward places. Donald Rumsfeld came close to paraphrasing the old joke about the drunk searching for his lost keys under a street lamp several streets away from where he lost his keys because the light was better there, when he suggested the US fought in Iraq because the targets where richer there than in Afghanistan where Al Qaeda was holed up in caves or tunnels under some walled farm stead.

Rumsfeld understood the theatre of the absurd side of war:  it is not enough to strike the enemy, you must be seen to strike the enemy, so sometimes it pays to strike the wrong enemy, like a clown striking his zany or stooge instead of the Big Scary Guy.

We don't have to worry about swarms of May flies because they are only active for a day or two and they spend the whole time looking for mates. Their eating is done as larvae (like cicadas which live underground for years before emerging to threaten us with their swarms and loud noises).

And then, of course, there's the giant swordsman that whozit there, Indiana Jones cooly shoots with his pistol. A powerful and skilled enemy but a dead one because Indiana Jones breaks one of the unwritten rules of fighting bad guys:  you have to fight them on their own terms and with their own weapons as if fighting a duel.

Nope. An atomic bomb can easily wipe out an army of knights in shining army. If China had had the bomb, Ghengis Khan would be a joke today, not ...


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2014-07-21 06:29:04 PM  

Memoryalpha: Though one might wonder what has died out recently that normally would have eaten most of those mayfly larvae, that may not be so nice given that the same species would also eat mosquito larvae.


Nothing died out recently. This is just the mayfly's method of ensuring successful reproduction -- by hatching at the same time (the hatch is over in a day) in such numbers that they cannot all be consumed. Kinda similar to a mast year for an oak/hickory tree, but for mayflys it's every year.

FWIW the mayfly larvae are aquatic and generally stay burrowed in the river bottom. Not many predators there.
 
2014-07-21 06:40:27 PM  
I've seen years where they have to get the snowplows out, because as said above, they can cause the roads to be slick.
 
2014-07-21 06:59:05 PM  
Back around 1989 or so when I was living in Madison, WI, I had a job doing a bundle drop newspaper route up through Waupun. One fine morning on the way back somewhere around Fox lake or Randolph I drove through a swarm of these farking bugs!

I was driving a white Isuzu NPR box truck, in a matter of seconds the entire front of my white truck was as black as tar and just about as sticky, I tried to clear the windshield with the wipers but could not get enough wiper fluid on the window and had to drive to the next town almost blind, head out window kinda like a dog looking for anything to get at least some of them off so I could see a little bit, ended up scraping most of them off with a small piece of cardboard!!

When I got back to base and pulled in the lot everyone was wondering who was pulling in at such a late hour, then they realized that the black truck they were seeing was actually white under all the dead bugs, took a couple hours to completely clean the front of that poor truck!!!
 
2014-07-21 07:15:09 PM  
I remember 1st grade science. There was a small section on the mayfly only living for a day. Made me think about only having one day and then eventually depressed the hell out me.

/that's when I started drinking
 
2014-07-21 07:48:23 PM  
Damn good radar, I'd say.
 
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