Fireflies – Recent Activity

Q: Over the last weeks the fireflies have been amazing!  They seem to be flying higher than normal and are flashing rapidly. Any reason for this?

A: This is a great year for fireflies due to the abundant rain last year and this spring. Male fireflies flash to attract a mate; different species flash at different rates. Friends recently went to Elkmont, TN to see thousands of fireflies there that flash synchronously in a large field. More details at xrl.us/ELKMONTFF.  If you like fireflies, remember that most lawn insecticides kill these delightful creatures as well as pest insects you’re trying to control.