Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 01:02:16 -0500
From: Mike Agnes by971[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU
Mark Ingram maingr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ukcc.uky.edu inquires:
Now what do you undertand by the term mayfly?
DARE records "Canadian soldier" as a northern Ohio
term for mayfly. Local informants here (mostly over
45) confirm they know the term but haven't seen
need to use it in recent years. Our files contain
citations dating from the 1970s and 1980s. But
mayflies in northern Ohio have decreased remarkably
in the past decade and a half, supposedly as the
result of changing water conditions along Lake Erie's
shores. Such changes are said to have begun reversing
in the last few years, and an increase in the mayfly
population has already been noticed, so maybe the
current younger generation will have to "revive"
From elsewhere, see the following citation:
"Except to fish and fishermen and Ephemerida of the
opposite sex, the Green Bay fly or Canadian soldier or
American soldier is an unmitigated pest. The town of
Green Bay straddles the Fox River where it empties into
the waters of Green Bay at its southernmost tip. The
Green Bay fly breeds along the marshy shores of the bay.
He is either too light or two lazy to fly against
the wind but once in a while, not necessarily every
summer, conditions are just right when a hatch comes on.
Or just wrong from the Green Bay Sanitation Department's
point of view."
-- New York Times, 28 May 1979
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