Fascinating Fireflies

Most folks can probably identify an adult firefly, but can you identify a larval one?


I found this little guy (or girl?) this past summer on a driveway in eastern Pennsylvania.

These fascinating – and garden-friendly! – Insects are likely facing massive population declines due to habitat loss, light pollution, and pesticide exposure.


Encouraging them to take up residence in your yard is as easy as 1, 2, and 3.

Step 1:  Understand fireflies – Members of the Lampyridae family of beetles, fireflies are found on every continent except Antarctica, and there are about 150 different species of fireflies in North America.

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