As many of you know, we love the park. Each year we pack up our family and extended family to camp in the Smoky Mountains for the Synchronous Fireflies.
It is a glorious light show each night brought on by the mating fireflies. Interestingly, the firefly is a beetles and spends up to two years as larvae. Once hatched, they only live about 21 days. Also, they eat on snails and smaller insects while larvae, but once they are an adult, they do not eat at all.
We have learned that each species has their own rhythm with their flashing. The males fly and flash around to attract the attention of the stationary females that respond with a flash.
The fireflies don’t always flash in unison. Sometimes it is a wave across a hillside or completely random. Synchrony can occur in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.
The light show can be affected by environmental factors. The fireflies don’t like misty, rainy evenings or the temperature to be below 50* Fahrenheit. They have discovered that the moon phase can also have an effect on the activity of the little lightning bugs.
We are excited for this weekend and are hoping for beautiful weather once again.
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