Firefly Resources


Want to learn more about fireflies? Check out the following resources
for news articles, websites, and videos devoted to these fascinating creatures.

Fireflies in the News: Lights
Out? Experts Fear Fireflies Are Dwindling.

Telegraph: Fireflies
In Decline, Experts Say

New York Times: Talking
to Fireflies Before Their Flash Disappears Experts
Fear Firefly Populations Are Blinking Out

Earth Science News: Fireflies’
Glow Helps UT Southwestern Researchers Track Cancer Drug’s Effectiveness Biologists
Expose Hidden Costs of Firefly Flashes

Academic Research & Other Websites On Fireflies:

Mike Quinn – Texas Entolomogy – The leading guide on Texas beetle species. By far the most detailed and organized website on Texas beetle species. Highly recommended website!

Studies on the flash communication
system in Photinus fireflies
: Published study on the geographical distribution
and flashing patterns by the world’s leading expert on fireflies, Dr. James Lloyd. While an older study it still
remains an excellent reference.

Female Preference for Male
Courtship Flashes in Photinus ignitus Fireflies
: Christopher K. Cratsley and Sara M
Lewis, Behavioral Ecology (2003), Vol. 14 (1): 135-140.

of a Firefly Swarm – Wolfram Alpha
: This very cool demonstration of
swarm modeling math, it is possible to make a somewhat unrealistic model
of firefly behavior with the following equations.
Scientific research and articles on fireflies: their lives, their light,
and scientific applications of firefly chemicals.
Firefly Watch:
Firefly resource site run by the Boston Museum of Science.
Firefly Files
: Firefly information online sponsored by Ohio State
: Scientific resource on fireflies, covering Nitric Oxide
and the bioscience behind firefly flashes.
: Information on fireflies in the Insects section of National
Geographic’s educational website.
How to
Photograph Fireflies
: Informative how-to guide by Terry Priest on
how to photograph fireflies (Photinus pyralis) in flight.

Videos on Fireflies:

Science of Summer: Fireflies
: Firefly educational video in a series
sponsored by National Geographic.

A very interesting video of a firefly lampyrid beetle larva glowing at
night in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Note the brushes on the prolegs.

A good research video on recent experiments revealing the hidden costs
of fireflies’ bioluminescent flash signals

A rather entertaining Peugeot car commercial with fireflies.

Close-up video of Firefly flashing.

Fireflies in the Movies & Music:

Fireflies appear in everything from song lyrics such as Owl City – Fireflies
song, car commercials, or movies such as Avatar. People’s fasination with
fireflies extends to all types of media both visual and auditory.

Owl City – Fireflies

Avatar – Fireflies & Bioluminescence in James’s Cameron movie Avatar