Witness this Rare Spectacle of Synchronous Fireflies

Have you ever wondered how the fireflies light up? Where do they get their sparkly flash? What do they want to communicate?  Witness this language of light as a huge number of lightning bugs swarm and blaze at the Smoky Mountains, close to the Elkmont campground.

Photinus carolinus is the only species in America that can synchronize their flashing patterns. Synchronous fireflies are one of the 19 types of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fireflies mating season takes place mostly in early summer. The intent of the creation of blazing light(bioluminescence) is the sexual selection.

“Although parking passes can be VERY difficult to procure, the synchronous fireflies are an unforgettable experience that you simply MUST experience. The cost is minimal and it is a natural phenomenon that will amaze you” – The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team.

The lottery has been closed for the vehicle pass on May 9th, you can still purchase them from Recreation.gov. This vehicle pass will allow one vehicle to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There will be a trolley ride to the Elkmont campground area after parking. Prepare to be enchanted by this unforgettable natural phenomenon once you are seated.

Light pollution is dangerous for the survival of this tiny insect and it might also disrupt them at smoky mountains. The national park has mandated to cover the lenses of red or blue cell phones and flashlights are only used to navigate to the spot. Since the viewers limit is restricted per evening, Smokey Mountains has the information about the alternate places and insider’s tips.


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