The Life Cycle of Mayflies

Producer: Ralph & Lisa Cutter

This clip is from Ralph and Lisa Cutter’s extraordinary Bugs of the Underworld and features the chapter on mayflies. The Cutters’ documentary work has appeared on National Geographic, PBS, BBC, TROUT, and at the California Academy of Sciences. This DVD showcases their extraordinary skill in underwater cinematography, and also features stoneflies, caddisflies, damselflies and mayflies.

“The mayfly is arguably the most graceful of the macro-invertebrates. With its upright wings and sailboat silhouette, it is unlikely to confused with any other insect. Mayfly nymphs are segregated into four behavioral groups: the crawlers, the clingers, the burrowers, and the swimmers.”