On Arkansas summer nights, fireflies’ blinking bio-luminescence attracts mates, defends territory, and warns predators away.
These beetles love humid, warm environments. But fireflies are disappearing worldwide, because of habitat destruction and light pollution.
How can you help? First, provide habitat for them. Firefly larvae live in leaf litter, so don’t rake leaves. Spread leaf litter in your garden as compost. Plant native trees and grasses, which will retain soil moisture. Even a small depression of water will provide a place for fireflies to gather. Don’t use chemicals on your lawn and don’t mow. Turn off your outside lights, so they can see the signals from other fireflies.
Learn more at firefly.org or read Silent Sparks by Sara Lewis.