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Swarm of mayflies invade Ohio

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 09:03:11-04

(CNN) – A swarm of mayflies in Ohio was so large, it showed up on a weather radar.

Mayflies are hatching and invading northeastern Ohio. The swarm was so dense that it was captured on the weather radar of CNN affiliate WOIO on Wednesday.

Scientists with the Ohio Sea Grant research and education program say the mayflies begin as eggs burrowing in lake sediment, and after a year or two, they swim to the surface, emerging fully winged.

Adult mayflies vary in size from a quarter-inch to an inch long.

They won’t be around for long, though. Individual mayflies live up to two days once they come on land. The swarms typically last about a month.