Fireflies are some of our most beloved insects: celebrated in art, music, and literature, and contributing to numerous advances in medicine and our understanding of evolution, genetics, and ecology. For many people, their incredible bioluminescent light shows bring up fond memories of childhood.
While they are well loved, fireflies appear to be declining. Fireflies—also known as lightningbugs or glow-worms—face many of the same threats as other insects, including habitat loss and degradation, light pollution, exposure to pesticides, invasive species, and climate change.
By carefully considering the needs of fireflies and how our actions could affect these animals, we can take steps to ensure that their lights continue to shine for future generations.
For more information on protecting fireflies, check out our firefly resources.