You may be forgiven for thinking you have clicked onto a site featuring some of H.R. Giger’s new alien artwork looking at the top two images which I have desaturated for effect. But what we actually have is the shed skin from a mayfly, Baetis sp. and a male.
These remaining images show the mayfly itself, which was attracted to the light of my moth trap one night. And over night, whilst I held it in captivity, it did its skin shedding thing, so you can imagine the surprise I got the next morning.
I can’t get over those eyes, which look alien in themselves.
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August 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.