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Lights Out for Lightning Bugs

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Lights Out for Lightning Bugs

The "Lights Out for Lightning Bugs" is a campaign to raise awareness for the importance of dark nights to our State's insect, the firefly, also commonly called the lightning bug. Scientific research has been noticing a decline in firefly populations worldwide, and one of the leading factors is Artificial Light Pollution. The adult lightning bugs use their flashing lights to communicate with and attract a mate. If there is competing light in their dark environment they cannot see each other and often stop flashing altogether. If they cannot find a mate during their brief life span of 10 days, the next generation will be lost. Homeowners and Campers can help protect and ensure the fireflies in their backyards have a chance to procreate. So please, turn off, shade, and/or restrict your use of outside lights including porch lights, landscape lights, lanterns, flashlights etc. during the week of June 19-25. This week is a peak time for firefly emergence, but citizens may find they will be able to extend the lights-out for the entire summer. Artificial lights not only impact fireflies, but also migratory birds, and other nocturnal insects, mammals and reptiles.

State wide homeowners and campers
09:00 PM - 05:00 AM, every day through Jun 25, 2022.

Event Supported By

Pennsylvania Firefly Festival
8142302035
pafireflyfestival@gmail.com

State wide homeowners and campers