The life of a mayfly is a busy and fleeting existence. Known as “one-day insects,” these aquatic flyers have the shortest lifespan of any animal. Emerging from water after a period of developing from an egg to a nymph in an aquatic habitat, the fertile adult stage emerges and the clock starts ticking with some species of adult mayflies only living for 30 minutes to a full day. If you knew you had only 24 hours to live a complete life, what would you do?
Well, instead of watching the clock or sulking in their existence, mayflies get moving. In a single day, they’ll molt twice, swarm to find a mate, and females will lay eggs before they die. As humans, we can take a note of inspiration from the mayfly’s short lifespan and the fervor for which they seize the one day they have on Earth by living life to fullest.