Mayfly Mayhem on the Mississippi

Mayflies(PCM) Think the swarms of mosquitoes that plague most people over the summer are a nuisance? How about swarms of mayflies so large they cause car accidents?

The Mississippi Valley was swarmed by the recently hatched flies this weekend.

Mayflies hatch and erupt in large swarms on the Mississippi every year, but scientists say this year’s swarm is larger than in previous years.

The mayflies presence is actually a good sign for the area; it denotes a healthy river system capable of supporting life, but it definitely makes life tough on locals.

Reports were coming in from Minnesota of swarms so large that they blocked out the sun and caused poor visibility, even resulting in a 3 car accident that injured three and sent one to the hospital.

Aside from the poor visibility, the swarms of flies have been known to pose a hazard to drivers; when the flies are smashed on the road, they form a thick oily buildup resulting in poor driving conditions.

Some towns have even taken to pouring sand on the road when the mayflies hatch to provide more traction for drivers.

While they are a huge nuisance, completely covering local businesses and homes withMayflies2 their ever-buzzing selves, the mayflies almost slip into nonexistence as soon as they swarmed up.

The flies belonging to the order Ephemeroptera, whose Greek translation roughly translates into “lasting-a-day insect,” have a very short adult lifespan, ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

While locals aren’t over the moon about the mayflies arrival, experts, scientists, and those in the Department of Natural Resources are rejoicing in the healthy signs of life from the Mississippi.

Mayfly larva thrives in healthy freshwater systems, and the record numbers from this year’s hatching point to a healthy river system with healthy levels of lead and mercury, two pollutants that mayfly larva are highly sensitive too.

This year’s large swarms are also good news for someone else; the hungry fish in the Mississippi and local waterways. The mayflies provide a nice source of protein and nutrients for the fish, making a nice meal that will hopefully support and help grow local fish populations.


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Mark Ruffalo Lost His Wallet and Twitter Helped Him Find It

MarkRuffalo(PCM) The 21st Century has proven to truly be the age of connectivity with one in four people engaging in social media globally, and Mark Ruffalo can thank his lucky stars that the twitter user who found his wallet in the back of a Chicago cab fit that statistic and also happened to be a Good Samaritan.

Mark Ruffalo was in the “Windy City” over the weekend serving as Grand Marshall at Chicago Speedway for Saturday’s NASCAR race when he apparently left his wallet in the cab.

Twitter user @Tredezuet must have slipped into the cab not too long after the actor, well known for his roles in such films as The Avengers as the Hulk and Shutter Island, and was courteous enough to reach out to Ruffalo through Twitter, alerting him that he was in possession of his wallet.

Mark Ruffalo retweeted @Treduzuet and thanked him for his kindness, remarking “Another point for the decency in people.”

Mark Ruffalo is currently filming Avengers: Age of Ultron and is gearing up to film Now You See Me 2, reprising his role as FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes.

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Forever Young Skye Bartusiak Dies at Age 21

(PCM) Actress Skye Bartusiak was about direct her first feature film at only 21 years of age. Sadly the young actress died in her Texas apartment behind her parents home of natural causes.

Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak


The exact cause is yet to be determined but according to her mother she had recently been suffering from epileptic episodes which may have caused her to choke to death.

Skye was found by her boyfriend sitting up in bed. He alerted Skye’s mother. She in turn performed CPR until paramedics arrived. They worked in vain for 45 minutes. Skye apparently died in her sleep.

Skye Bartusiak as Susan Martin in the Patriot (2000)

Skye Bartusiak as Susan Martin in the Patriot (2000)

Skye’s career started as a child actress without suffering the pitfalls other childhood actors stumbled upon. Skye’s first film was The Cider House Rules in 1999, however her most notable role was in the 2000 feature film, The Patriot. She played the part of lead actor Mel Gibson’s daughter Susan Martin.


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