Firefly Sightings

  • Catching fireflies is an important part of summer.
  • Help us track where people are seeing fireflies in their backyard.
  • Submit your sightings on the map and connect with others who spotted fireflies in your area.

Submit Your sightings

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any questions, media requests, stories, and pictures by emailing us at:

We need photos and video of fireflies in your area! We also need reports and observations! Please send them to the above and we will try to include them on the website.

Help Save Fireflies - Support

Please consider making a charitable donation to support this website for the enjoyment of firefly enthusiasts worldwide. Ben is an active researcher and speaker who studies fireflies in Texas and the US. Your donation will help go toward maintaining this website, travel expenses, and hosting fees. This website helps to educate people on fireflies and the ways they can save their habitat.

Speaking Schedule

Ben Pfeiffer will be speaking at the following events this coming year. More dates will be added as they are scheduled. Ben will be presenting his research on Texas firefly taxa, conducting research in the field for both firefly seasons (spring & fall for Texas), educating voluteers, TPWD staff, children, and Master Naturalist chapters. If you have the chance to see him at one of the presentations please be sure to come say hello before or after the presentation.

  • March 4, 2017 @ 2pm - Kerr Wildlife Management Center
  • April 22, 2017 @ 9-3pm - Earth Day - Firefly educational table at Tye Preston Memorial Library, Canyon Lake, Texas. Open to the public all day.
  • April 25, 2017 @ 7pm - Texas Outdoor Womens Network
  • May 5-7, 2017 - Texas Pollinator Powwow - Speaker & Exhibitor - Fireflies of East Texas and other regions. See more here:
  • June 22, 2017 @ 7pm - Hays Co. Master Naturalists at Freeman Ranch, San Marcos, Texas
  • June 28, 2017 @ 7pm - Capital Area Master Naturalists (CAMN) at Austin Nature Center, Austin, Texas
  • September 9, 2017 @ 7pm - Native Plant Society of Texas, Wildscapes Workshop, Houston, Texas
  • May 3, 2018 @ 7pm - Presenting on Central Texas Fireflies - River Chase Clubhouse @ River Chase Subdivision, New Braunfels, Texas

About is a non-profit project created by Ben Pfeiffer, a firefly (Lampyridae) researcher who studied biology at Texas State University. Ben's work includes researching Texas firefly species and is currently working on a master list of Texas and Southwest lampyrid species. This website was created in 2009, after Ben heard a report on firefly decline late at night on NPR radio in 2008. Always an avid lover of fireflies, he created this website to assist in his research and raise awareness to the decline of firefly populations in Texas, the US and worldwide. This site is intended to help educate those interested in how to bring back fireflies to their area and be a resource for those interested in learning more about fireflies. has been fortunate to have been mentioned and interviewed many times over the years in many journals, news outlets, and research organizations such as, National Wildlife Foundation, Smithsonian Magazine,, Wikipedia, CBS Morning News,, The Indianapolis Star, This Old House Magazine, Cibolo Nature Center, Maplewood Nature Center, Herald-Zeitung, The Fireflies Book, and many more. Thank you for your support!

Ben Pfeiffer - Firefly Researcher

Fireflies are some of nature's most beautiful and mysterious creations and it's unforunate that we are seeing less and less of them where we live. Thank you for visiting this site and be sure to read about our section about how your can help firelies return in your area. A big thank you to Rank Smart for contributing the hosting and design.

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