Newswise — Mayflies have long been indicators of the ecological health of the lakes, rivers, and streams. The more mayflies present in water, the better the water quality.

But scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Notre Dame recently discovered that a particular species of burrowing mayfly had a population decrease of nearly 84 percent from 2015 to 2019.

Virginia Tech associate professor of entomology, Sally Entrekin, is available for interviews to discuss these findings as well as the use of radar in determining how mayfly swarms are growing smaller. 

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Fish, birds, bats, and other animals consume the mayflies as a source of food and nutrients. Some insect-eating birds in these areas have synchronized breeding habits that coincide with mayfly emergence, and they rely on them as a high-quality food source for their young. These bird populations have also taken a downturn, which has been partially attributed to the lack of insects to eat, particularly aquatic insects.

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To secure a live or recorded interview with Sally Entrekin, contact Bill Foy by email, or by phone at 540-998-0288.

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