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The Daily Beast - June 27, 2011



Long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) dance around each other in large groups on the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszafured, 150km east of Budapest, early evening on June 13, 2011. The larvae live under water for three years, and then 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. The species was once widespread across Europe, but now have disappeared on the a large part of the continent.   AFP PHOTO / PETER KOHALMI


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