Mayflies don’t sting, unlike mosquitos

Blooming of Tisza 2013

Hungarion version

Just like in previous years I went to photograph the Blooming of Tisza again this year. Mayflies are still cute animals of course, I love them especuially as they don’t sting! But this time there were also many more mosquitos than I’d ever seen before, and these creatures unfortunately simply love to bite me…

This year the huge cloud of mayflies “blooming” on the Tisza (a river in eastern Hungary, the country’s second longest after the Danube) was smaller than in recent years, but still presented a swarm comprising huge numbers of the charming little beasts. The blooming started somewhat later this year causing some photographers and even specialists to fret it would be canceled completely for the year. Thankfully it was not to be.

Photo by Attila Volgyi / blog.volgyiattila.com

Photo by Attila Volgyi / blog.volgyiattila.com

Some children even jumped in the water  to swim among the mayflies.
Some think it must be awful to swim with insects – but they probably have never seen live the  Tisza blooming.   I have never tried it myself but I’m sure it must be the same joy to swim with them as it is to photograph them or simply just to observe them.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Boat in long-tailed mayfly swarm

People in a boat watch the yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Handful of long-tailed mayfly swarm

Photographer takes pictures of the swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 27, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Man among long-tailed mayflies

Photographer takes pictures of the swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 27, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Boy holds long-tailed mayflies in hand

A boy holds an insect during the yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Boy swims among long-tailed mayflies

A boy swims among insects during the yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Boy swims in Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Photographer takes pictures of the swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 27, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Yearly few days long swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 23, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

Long-tailed mayfly swarm

Photographer takes pictures of the swarming of the long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) on the river Tisza in Tiszainoka (some 135 km south-east from Budapest), Hungary on June 27, 2013. ATTILA VOLGYI The long-tailed mayfly larves live 3 years under water level in the river banks then swarm out for a one day period of their life to die after mating.

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