China’s Hubei Province opened their Firefly-themed Park in May — but the pictures just got here. So you’ll have to plan your trips for next year, because by early October the mating season is over.
Whether you can make it to Hubei Province or not, I think you will agree that this calls for a global renaissance of Firefly theme parks. Perhaps you have been too busy to notice that the world’s populations of fireflies have been dwindling? Here’s the problem: while they love heat and humidity, they absolutely can not stand parking lots, pesticides, streetlights and baseball stadiums.
In English we call them Fireflies, or Lightning Bugs, but they’re actually a species of winged beetle. They start life as a glowworm, in the ground, where they eat grubs and slugs for two years, before they emerge for just two weeks to mate, lay eggs and die. Their flashing gets triggered by the oxygen they breath, which then combines with a chemical in their abdomen to generate that miraculously heatless light.
The signaling starts low in the grass, just after sunset, and slowly moves up into the trees as the evening progresses.
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The park is open from 19:00 to 22:00 (7 – 10 pm), late May to early October.
PHOTO CREDIT: Hubei.gov.cn