A maelstrom of mayflies: Millions of insects create flying cacoons around cars as they rise from the River Danube in Hungary

Blizzard: A car is barely visible as it travels through millions of swarming mayflies in Tahitotfalu, Hungary

In the spotlight: The headlights illuminate the millions of insects that hatched along the River Danube
  • One of only a handful of times mayflies have swarmed there in 40 years
  • Efforts to clean up the river have helped the insects return to the area
  • Spectacle become unlikely tourist attraction with scores watching 

Spectacle: Pavements give viewers a good vantage point as the insects are attracted to the light Spectacle: Pavements give viewers a good vantage point as the insects are attracted to the light

Carpet: The ground is littered with the tiny white mayflies that only have a few hours of life in which to mate Carpet: The ground is littered with the tiny white mayflies that only have a few hours of life in which to mate

These rare insects are one of the only mayfly species to swarm at night.

Like the more famous mayfly spectacle on the River Tisza, the swarming insects on the Danube have become an unlikely tourist attraction.

Scores of people crowded the pavements and bridges in the area to watch the intense swarm,
known as Dunavirág.

People watched from the roadside as the mayflies were attracted to the street lighting.

The mayflies have returned to the Danube after efforts to clean the water in the past couple of years.

The insects hatched for the first time in four decades last year and experts say a reduction in nitrate and phosphate levels.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401766/Millions-mayflies-combine-create-blizzard-like-conditions-rise-River-Danube-Hungary.html#ixzz2dASCTTBd

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