Pond olive

Cloeon dipterum s.l.

Pond Olive

  • Cloeon dipterum s.l. is a mayfly species complex with a Holarctic distribution.
  • Unlike most mayflies, Cloeon has only one pair of wings.
  • Males and females have different eye structures.
  • Females die shortly after laying eggs.
  • Eggs hatch immediately after they are laid.
  • It can molt over 10 times to complete larval development.
  • Most mayfly adults live only a few hours, but the pond olive mayfly can live for a week or more.
  • It is one of the few mayflies able to colonise oceanic islands, probably due to its long adult life, asexual reproduction, and ovoviviparous females.
  • Mayflies had already been around for 100 million years when the dinosaurs arrived.
  • Mayflies can be very abundant and an important food source for birds and fish.
Contact person

Fengzhi He

Guest Scientist
Research group
Aquatic Ecogeography

Sonja Jähnig

Head of Department
Research group
Aquatic Ecogeography

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