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Palingenia longicauda

About two minutes after landing in the vegetation of the river bank the male long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) concludes its last moult. By starting to fly hard towards the river the animal pulls its long caudal tails out of the old skin which will be left behind on the leaf looking like a pale ghost of the fly. Tisza blooming (Tiszavirágzás). It is when millions of long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) are rising in huge clouds, reproduce, and perish, all in just a few hours.

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Solvin Zankl
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About two minutes after landing in the vegetation of the river bank the male long-tailed mayfly (Palingenia longicauda) concludes its last moult. By starting to fly hard towards the river the animal pulls its long caudal tails out of the old skin which will be left behind on the leaf looking like a pale ghost of the fly. Tisza blooming (Tiszavirágzás). It is when millions of long-tailed mayflies (Palingenia longicauda) are rising in huge clouds, reproduce, and perish, all in just a few hours.