Researchers Shed Light on the Perils of Firefly Tourism

A new study shines light on how bug spray, flashlights, and foot traffic can spell disaster for the fragile creatures behind brilliant synchronous displays.

In 2012, firefly expert Lynn Faust made a surprising phone call to the owners of the Black Caddis, a bed and breakfast in rural Pennsylvania: There had been reports of the insects flashing in unison in the nearby woods, her team was coming to investigate, and they needed a place to stay. “They turned over all their rooms,” Faust remembers, “and their two-car garage, where we set up a laboratory filled with vials and microscopes and fireflies.”

Faust is a member of the Firefly International Research

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