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Fireflies are nature’s light show at this West Virginia state park

Posted on AllSides May 17th, 2024
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Although fireflies are found on every continent except Antarctica, the flashing type primarily thrives in the humid eastern U.S. from Maine to Florida. The males attract mates with mesmerizing light displays, but only in select pockets of the Appalachian Mountains do both genders flash in unison. The Elkmont region in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for this spectacle, drawing crowds during the two-week mating period when Photinus carolinus synchronizes its flash pattern. These elusive beetles can also be found in lesser-known locales across Appalachia. However, an unexpected...

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