June 19 - 20, 2008
The 2008 Tisza Blooming started on the evening of June 16, between Tiszakurt and Tiszainoka. Swarming of the Tisza mayfly usually lasts for about a week, and its intensity varies.
Hungary is said to be the only place in the world where you can observe the spectacular swarms of long-tailed mayflies, Tisza mayflies
). The Tisza mayfly is the largest mayfly species in Europe, males measuring up to five inches (12 cm) from head to tail. Once fully matured, mayflies have roughly three hours to mate and then die.
The annual summer emergence of the insects on the Tisza River is known as the Tisza Blooming. In 2007, the Tiszakurt Arboretum established a tradition to capture this “explosion to life”. Because it is difficult to predict when exactly in June will the Tisza Blooming occur, staff of the Arboretum and local rangers set up a watch for the place and time of the first swarms of the insect.
In 2008, the first group of about 150 insects appeared on the evening of June 16. From previous years’ experiences, the river is expected to come to “Full Bloom” on Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20
. Of course, Nature has the last say, but staff of the Arboretum will do their best to entertain arriving guests.
Programs for the two days
16:00: Meet at the main building of the Tiszakurt Arboretum (Directions
16:20: Small lecture about the Tisza mayfly; photographs from last year’s Tisza Blooming
16:40: A 2 km walk along the Tisza River Barrage to Tiszainoka Harbor. Guests can observe the Tisza Blooming from the pier or the docked ferry, or they can choose to board a small boat for 15-20 minutes, and go into the middle of the swarming insects. Head back to the Arboretum before sundown.
20.00: Bacon roast at the campfire. Light conversation, and tasting Tiszazug wine.
If you wish to attend, please notify the organizers, indicating which day you chose to come, and how many people there will be in your company.
Entrance fee to the Arboretum is – 300 HUF/person
– and this includes participation in the Tisza Blooming programs.
What to bring
: comfortable hiking clothes and shoes; mosquito repellent, if necessary.
Address: 5471 Tiszakurt, Bolza grof ut 5.
Phone: +36-56-568-020, 318-338
Don’t miss this article on National Geographic about the Tisza mayfly!
Discover the Hidden Treasure of Tiszakurt
Tiszakurt is a village 22 miles east of Kecskemet, on Road 44. Its main attraction, the Arboretum once was part of the private property of the Italian Bolza family, but its gates are now open to the public year round. The soothing world of nature’s beauty is waiting for you at Tiszakurt