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Mayflies hatch in La Crosse

Bugs sign of a healthy river

Mayflies hatch in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - We had our first big Mayfly hatch of the season Sunday night.

The video shown above was shot in downtown La Crosse.

The hatch was so large you could see it on radar maps. The bugs are harmless and they're actually a sign of a healthy river because they can only reproduce in areas with high-quality water.

"These mayflies will feed the fish that are in the water column and are eating a lot of detritus and organic matter that sinks in river and so they are definitely a big part of the food web of these systems," said Gretchen Gerrish, assistant professor in UW-La Crosse's biology department.

Gerrish said this isn't the last time the Mayflies will hatch this summer,  but whether or not it will be as big as Sunday night is still up in the air.

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How would you like to get some cash from this ATM? Thanks to Ryan Hollis for sending this picture from La Crescent.

Mayfly hatch in Trempealeau from Saturday night. Thanks to Kelly for the picture.

Mayfly hatch as seen from Trempealeau on Saturday night from Joshua Hanson.

The Mayfly hatch was so large it could be seen on radar.

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