A Tribute to Mayflies

For about a week, one of the main buildings at McGill’s Macdonald Campus has been covered with mayflies (Order Ephemeroptera):

Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) on a brick wall

It happens every year, about this time.  It is lovely, and reminds me of why I love entomology.

I decided to write two Haiku about them.  Short poems to honour their short lives (as adults)  Caveat: I claim no real ability in writing Haiku!

Fleeting life on land

Triangle wings on brick wall

Fly into summer

&

Wings unfold and dry

Fragile signals of solstice

Goodbye fish, I’m free

Thanks, by the way, to Three Lines about Six Legs -a post there (about mayflies) inspired this (and I  know that the author of that post walked by the same brick wall…).

P.S.  Later this week I’ll be off for a week’s vacation so there won’t be any new posts for a little while.  I’ll write again in early July.

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