New firefly atlas will put beloved beetles on the map | Xerces Society

Starting this spring, conservation professionals and volunteers can join a new opportunity to study and protect a beloved group of insects that brings magic to the night: fireflies. The Firefly Atlas invites participants from all backgrounds to look closely at fireflies and to share their sightings to inform conservation. Read the full article:

Rare fireflies sync up in north Georgia | UGA CAES Newswire

The loopy five firefly (Photuris forresti) emerged as a favorite firefly of University of Georgia entomology students who spent an evening watching lightning bugs in northeast Georgia. Read the full article, which appeared in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences UGA Cooperative Extension Newswire.

Are lightning bugs disappearing from night skies? Dimming prospects face some fireflies | USA Today

Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star | “In North America, there are more than 170 species of Lampyridae, or light-emitting beetles, and there are more than 2,000 types worldwide. And they’ve been around for millions of years. But you may feel as if you are seeing fewer flashes across the night sky compared to when you were …

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