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GOLDEN MAYFLIES ON THE AUSABLE RIVER - Golden Mayflies by Carel Brest van Kempen
  GOLDEN MAYFLIES ON THE AUSABLE RIVER  (2014)
Subject: Golden Mayflies
Dimensions (inches): 15 x 8.5
Medium: acrylic on illustration board
Description: The burrowing mayflies of the family Ephemeridae include some of the largest mayfly species, including the North American Hexagenia limbata. The naiads (juvenile stages) live underneath the mud in lakes and slow rivers, where they feed on small invertebrates and other organic matter. After a year, they emerge from the water to molt into the subimago stage. Like all mayflies, there are two adult stages; the subimago molts into the mature adult after a few hours. The non-feeding adults mate and the females lay their eggs upon the water's surface, where they sink to the bottom before hatching. At over an inch in length (excluding the long tail filaments), the adults are fed upon by a variety of vertebrates. This danger is minimized by the simultaneous development of a population, which often results in spectacular mass emergences that overwhelm predators. Incidental subjects in this painting include a crayfish (Orconectes sp.), a broad-winged damselfly (family Calopterygidae), Johnny Darter (Etheostoma nigrum), a generic trout (Salmo sp.), Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), and White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
 
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