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June 14, 2006


Hey Beth, we both have insects on our minds this week! I remember these mayflies (we called them fish flies) some years at my parents' cottage in Manitoba. The walls would be covered, and at night the lights were obscured by them. Thankfully they were gone in a few days, but the mess left behind was most unpleasant indeed.

I find this kind of thing (like Rachel's swarm of tent caterpillars) oddly frightening in a science-fiction-ish sort of way. But this sentence from the official description:

"...They only fly and mate within dancing swarms, usually in late afternoon or evening."

is poetic and evocative. These creatures lives seem to be happy, productive and short.

It's too bad you'll be in Columbus *this* weekend as I'll be there *next* weekend. I guess our paths aren't destined to cross this time...

Very interesting! We used to get a lot of them when we lived near the St-Lawrence Seaway. I didn't realize their lifespan was that short.

This morning, suggested your book for purchase for this big bibliotheque, suggestion was well received.

If there is any creature which is designed to live a full life, it must be the mayfly. Can you imagine devoting the entire stretch of your adult life purely to having fun? If we could hear their laughter I'm sure we would be amazed.

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