Long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) fly over the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszainoka, 135km (84 miles) southeast of Budapest, June 20, 2012. 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.
Along the Mississippi River, there are little Wisconsin and Minnesota towns that are full of mayflies each spring. The flies coat the outside of every building and car. If you can catch the frenzy, check out the taverns in these towns, which will be full of people hiding out, getting drunk, and talking about their neighbors. It’s a blast.