Catching fireflies in the backyard is as synonymous with summer as ice cream and picnics.
This summer you can experience one of the country’s most amazing firefly displays through a FREE Virtual Fireflies event hosted by Discover Life in America (DLIA).
Synchronous fireflies are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Their light patterns are part of their mating display. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in late May to mid-June.
To witness this magic display from your home tune in at 7 p.m. CDT on June 1 through DLIA’s YouTube channel.
The event includes a short presentation followed by firefly footage by firefly photographer and cinematographer Radim Schreiber. The display will include the world-famous synchronous fireflies , as well as blue ghosts and other firefly species native to the Smokies region, all set to relaxing sounds of nature.
This is a FREE event, but donations are being accepted to help DLiA continue its biodiversity work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Click the “Set Reminder” bell to get a notification before the show starts.