Massive Orgy Tracked On Weather Radar In Wisconsin


"The bugs are showing up as bright pink, purple, and white colors along the Mississippi River mainly south of La Crosse. After the bugs hatch off the water and river areas, they are caught in the south-southeast winds while airborne for about 10-20 minutes." Caption and Image credits:TwinCities.com

Twin Cities MN Pioneer Press reports Diminutive mayfly makes big splash on radar. "About 9:13 p.m., according to an image posted by the weather service, the newly flying bugs could be seen in the pink, purple and white bands of the radar image along the Mississippi ..." (Andy Wahol's 10 minutes of fame extends to other species I guess.)

Growing up in Wisconsin, I learned that this time of year you had to watch out for bridges made slippery by swarming, mating mayflies. This was the best time, too, to lay out a Hendrickson dry fly just down from the bridge abutment on a warm Friday evening, taking advantage of the frenzied sex life of Ephemerella, preyed upon by feeding brook trout in the deep hole below the bridge.Later on in the Wisconsin spring, you have to wear a life jacket in case the skeeters drop you over open water. So enjoy the mayflies while they last is what I say.

The more mayflies, the better the water quality. So this is all to the good when mayflies hatch and mate in vast quantities.


Sexy couple. Image credit:WiFlyFisher.com

The bait..Hendrickson. Image credit:FlyRodReel.com

Predator & Prey - "Brook Trout On Grass" Image credit: Sam Cook

It makes me a little sentimental to think about clean water and mayfly sex instead of the BP oil slick. Hope that's ok once in awhile.

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