‘Synchronous fireflies’ displays are magical


great-smoky-mountains-Firefly.orgThis is an updated post from 2017 … because I’ve been following these fascinating synchronous firefly events for years, hoping some day I’ll be able to take one of my major Bucket List RV trips and “Follow the Fireflies.”

Jimmy and I were born in prime lightning bug territory–Jimmy in the Allegheny River country of southwest Pennsylvania; and I spent my first dozen years in Charleston, on the Kanawha River in the hills of West Virginia.

Our childhood stomping grounds sit at the humid intersections of lush woodlands and powerful waterways. We carry many fond memories of chasing fireflies on hot, muggy summer nights.

My “Follow the Fireflies” journey would catch up with these dancing lights in the Texas Hill Country, then travel east to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee for the synchronous fireflies display, then east to Congaree National Park in South Carolina, and north up the Appalachian Mountains to the Allegheny National Park in eastern Pennsylvania.

If you want to do research where fireflies are right now, go to “Firefly Watch,” a “citizen science project” of the Boston Museum of Science that “tracks the fate of these amazing insects.”

For more information on the incredible “must see” synchronous fireflies displays, where thousands flash in unison, go to a longer article I posted by clicking on RV Short Stops.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Source: Firefly.org)

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  • I grew up in CA only reading about fireflies. Fast forward to 1999 and I am jogging in the subburbs of Detroit (Southfield) near dusk, and I start seeing these flashes in the corner of my eyes. Thought I was having flashbacks or something. Took about another 5 minutes before I realized what they were. Pretty awesome, indeed.

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