Bobo's Die on our Patio
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:30 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:32 AM
I would like to know what type of insect they are, anybody know.?? probably a seasonal thing.
Been hearing a lonesome rainbird nightly for a couple of weeks too.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:38 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:51 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:03 AM
Bobo's are tiny non-descript blobs of flying fluff. You do not see wings, bodies, or much of anything.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:54 AM
We call these guys shad flies back home. I lived on Lake Nipissing in Central Ontario. These smelly things get so thick for 2 weeks each year they actually form a slick on the streets and cause car accidents.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:51 AM
I don't know about this bugs, but they are not Bobos. Bobos are much smaller . We don't have Bobos in Brisas de Chapala. I think they stay closer to the lake. No mosquitoes either. We have a few of this, not many, but they are attracted by the light.
They are called fish flies were I came from.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:09 PM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:56 PM
Those other critters have been forming big mating clouds around our place every evening, and dying in massive numbers overnight. They could be non-biting midges (Chironomidae) which look just like mosquitoes except they don't have scales on their wings or the biting mouthpart. All the dead ones I've been looking at have fuzzy antennae (visible on some in the photo). Midges also have the fuzzy antenna, but so do some male mosquitoes. I have no idea if those itty bitty wings have scales or not. But I don't believe these critters are mosquitoes because they don't sound like mosquitoes and they don't bite us.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:58 PM
Look like what we used to call "Mayflies". Very short-lived insects - they emerged from their larvae (in water), mated, then would land on screens and windows and die - all in about a day.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:24 PM
They hatch,mate and die all in 24 hrs??? For their sakes I hope the sex part was good!!
Figure it's gotta be, right? Good enough that it kills 'em.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:15 PM
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fishfly Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Megaloptera Family: Corydalidae Subfamily: Chauliodinae
"Fishflies are the members of the subfamily Chauliodinae, belonging to the megalopteran family Corydalidae. They are most easily distinguished from their closest relatives, dobsonflies, by the jaws (mandibles) and antennae. In contrast to the large (especially in males) jaws of dobsonflies, fishfly mandibles are not particularly large, menacing or obvious, and the males have feathery antennae similar to many large moths. Chauliodes pectinicornis, the "summer fishfly", is a well-known species in North America.
In contrast to mayflies, which are small and live only 24 hours as adults, Fishflies are quite large, eat aquatic plants as well as smallish animals including vertebrates like minnows and tadpoles, and may live up to seven days as adults. Their entire lifespan is several years, but most of this time is spent as larvae.
Along the Upper Mississippi River, and its tributaries, on one evening around June, the newly-hatched fishflies rise to the air by the billions. River towns are afflicted with a night's worth of misery and days' worth of cleanup. Depending upon the wind, they can go many miles inward, or within the Driftless Area, a good 660 feet upward and across."
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