Attack of the flies! One-day fly swarm large enough to be picked up on weather radar, makes landfall, streets in northeastern Ohio
- Port Clinton, Ohio, woke up with a city covered with day-flying Thursday
- The one-day fly swarm was spotted on Doppler radar on Wednesday night
- The one-day flies arrived in Lake Erie and swarmed during mating madness
- A dramatic photo shows one-day flies ironing cars in a parking lot
The residents of Northeast Ohio were plagued by a swarm of day-flying, turning their normal streets into scenes from a horror movie.
Although swarms of day swarms are said to be an annual problem for residents in the area, the local population in Port Clinton, Ohio, particularly affected by the unusual level of insect activity, has recently been affected.
On Wednesday evening, local news reports revealed that so many of the insects were flying over Lake Erie and the Port Clinton area that they were actually on radars.
A resident of Port Clinton, Ohio, captured this frightening scene of a one-day fly swarm that covered cars in a parking lot. The one-day flies had hatched in nearby Lake Erie and landed on Thursday
Cleveland 19 News & head meteorologist Jason Nicholas tweeted show a radar image of what looked like a big green cloud that covered the lake area, and signed: & # 39; Not raining … but MAYFLIES on the radar tonight near the islands! & # 39;
Meanwhile, News 5 Cleveland meteorologist Mark Johnson also posted a Doppler radar image on Facebook, noting that & # 39; millions of insects are filling the air over Western Lake Erie again tonight. & # 39;
The next day, residents of Port Clinton woke up and found one-day flies including parked cars, boats, streets, and more.
A particularly surprising image of Thursday morning showed cars in a parking lot at Miller Ferry that are completely covered with one-day flies that have a length of an inch to an inch long.
Thousands of day-flying were spotted with regard to boats in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Thursday. Day-flying is said to be attracted to light
The one-day fly swarms occur annually in the area and are considered a sign of clean water in Lake Erie
Local news reports revealed that the one-day fly swarm was large enough to be picked up by weather radar
A Doppler weather radar map with the one-day fly swarm Wednesday night over Lake Erie
A Miller Ferry employee told News 5 Cleveland that this type of scene appears annually and that the one-day flies are attracted to light, so the car must have been under the light. & # 39;
The employee also noted that there is not much light in that particular parking area as part of the facility's efforts to prevent people from having to deal with one-day fly swarms in this situation.
A spokesperson for the natural resources spokesperson in Ohio told the news station that it seemed as if the one-day flies had blown over the cars & parking lot and not a & # 39; natural incident & # 39 ;.
However, the presence of day-flying in the area is a good sign of healthy, clean lake water.
Single-day flies range from an inch to an inch and are said to be harmless. They mate during the swarm and only survive one or two days after the landing (stock image)
& # 39; Scientists agree that the inconveniences caused by swarms of day flies for about a month each summer are more than offset by the potential benefits for sport and commercial fishing of the western Eriemeer basin and parts of the other large lakes, & # 39; the Ohio Sea & # 39 ;. Grant told CNN.
One-day flies lay eggs in lake sediment, which hatches about a year or two later. Full-grown day flies then swim to the surface of the lake. Swarms last about a month, with individual one-day flies only surviving a day or two after they land.
While they swarm, the one-day flies adhere to mating madness, according to TribLive.
Although one-day flies do not bite and are not harmful, their habit of covering roads, bridges and other streets can be dangerous for the driver. Cars that crush female one-day flies cause fluid to escape from their eggs, smoothing surfaces, which can lead to crashes.
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