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    A Swarm of Long-tailed Mayflies


    These stunning images show an enormous swarm of long-tailed mayflies magically rising out of the water to mate. The spectacular show on the Tisza river, near Tiszainoka in Hungary, only lasts for a few hours because the mayflies – also known as Tisza flies because of their prevalence in the river – live for just one day.

    After mating, females lay their eggs that sink to the bottom of the river where larvae emerge about six weeks later. The larvae, or nymphs, mature in the mud for three years before they hatch and begin the cycle again.

    Tisza mayflies are the largest mayflies in Europe and can grow up to 5 inches (12,7cm) long. While they were once found in a number of European countries, they can now only be observed in the River Tisza, a tributary of the Danube that winds through Serbia, Hungary and Romania. (Photos by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)


    Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




    Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest, June 20, 2012. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




    Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




    A boy swims with long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) at Tisza river near Tiszainoka 135km (84 miles) southeast of Budapest, June 23, 2013. Millions of these short-lived mayflies engage in a frantic rush to mate and reproduce before they perish in just a few hours during "Tiszaviragzas" or Tisza blooming season from late spring to early summer every year. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)




    Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




    Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)


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A Swarm of Long-tailed Mayflies


These stunning images show an enormous swarm of long-tailed mayflies magically rising out of the water to mate. The spectacular show on the Tisza river, near Tiszainoka in Hungary, only lasts for a few hours because the mayflies – also known as Tisza flies because of their prevalence in the river – live for just one day.

After mating, females lay their eggs that sink to the bottom of the river where larvae emerge about six weeks later. The larvae, or nymphs, mature in the mud for three years before they hatch and begin the cycle again.

Tisza mayflies are the largest mayflies in Europe and can grow up to 5 inches (12,7cm) long. While they were once found in a number of European countries, they can now only be observed in the River Tisza, a tributary of the Danube that winds through Serbia, Hungary and Romania. (Photos by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)


Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest, June 20, 2012. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




A boy swims with long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) at Tisza river near Tiszainoka 135km (84 miles) southeast of Budapest, June 23, 2013. Millions of these short-lived mayflies engage in a frantic rush to mate and reproduce before they perish in just a few hours during "Tiszaviragzas" or Tisza blooming season from late spring to early summer every year. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)




Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)




Long-tailed mayflies fly over the surface of the Tisza river southeast of Budapest. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)


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