Fireflies light up our yards on hot summer nights, and many of us have cherished memories of them. But fireflies are disappearing all over the country—and all over the world.

A resource for firefly lovers—and scientists

Firefly Conservation & Research is an organization with two missions: to support firefly research and conservation, and to spread the message that fireflies need our help.

Learn About Different Types of Fireflies

Scientifically, fireflies are classified under Lampyridae, a family of insects within the beetle order Coleoptera, or winged beetles. There are estimated to be 2000+ firefly species spread across temperate and tropical zones all over the world. Start here to learn about the different genera and species across the world. Read More

Flash Guide to Texas Fireflies

We’ve put together the first comprehensive field guide to Texas fireflies ever published. See flash patterns, habitat and distribution info, and identification at a glance for the main genera in Texas. Read More

How to Build Firefly Habitat

Gardeners often don’t realize gardens make for great firefly habitat, helping to replace lost natural habitat. The common firefly — the Big Dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis) — readily takes to an organic habitat. The trick is to make your garden as inviting as possible for fireflies to take up residence. Read More

Share Your Stories

Share pictures and stories, connect with other firefly fans, and document your firefly sightings online.

Send us your best firefly story!

Take Action To Help Fireflies

Your charitable donation helps fund our research and educational programs into Texas & US fireflies—as well as support the work of other scientists. It also funds our presentations across the state to educate organizations and the public about firefly conservation.

Let’s all work together to help fireflies make a comeback.

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About Firefly Conservation & Research

Firefly Conservation & Research, is a recognized firefly conservation and educational organization working to conserve fireflies and their habitats through conservation, education and research efforts. Our mission is to help lead the charge to conserve fireflies in the US and illuminate the threats to their existence.

Fireflies are important components of our riparian ecosystems, and their dazzling flashes are well known. Our enjoyment of them is part of the human experience with nature and helps us to understand how vital their habitats are to our planet and why they must be preserved for future generations. Firefly Conservation & Research was founded by Ben Pfeiffer in 2009.

This site is a educational resource on fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. We’ve got information on why fireflies are disappearing and what you can do to help. We’ve also got answers to frequently asked questions about fireflies, from why they glow to what they eat.

In addition, you can share pictures and stories, connect with other firefly fans, and document your firefly sightings online.

Check out our online resources to learn more about fireflies—and how you can help them make a comeback.

You may know fireflies by another name, they are sometimes referred to as fireflys, lightning bugs, glow worms, or luciérnaga. Fireflies have many different names in foreign languages, here is a full list of
common and uncommon names for fireflies in another language.