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The bug had a long, thin body and it had quite long wings. There were long, stick-like things coming out of it's abdomen. Please help me identify this bug, and if you can, tell me what the stick-like things are used for! Take a look at the pictures:
It is a mayfly.
There are 47 British species, in 14 families; I wouldn't venture to identify yours even as far as genus.
The overall order is Ephemeroptera, the name reflecting their ephemeral nature.
Sometimes, when you think you are seeing one of these insects resting, you are looking at an empty nymphal or pupal skin, rather than a living creature.
The 'stick like things' are cerci
As for their purpose, there is debate, eg.: