In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

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In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

Pennsylvania festival attracts people from around the world
Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, looks at some fireflies in a jar during an evening hike overlooking the Tionesta Creek and Firefly Island, left rear, in Kellettville, Pa. For several weeks in June each year, people from around the world make the trek to this northwest Pennsylvania forest to see all manner of fireflies.
Versicolor, or “Chinese lanterns,” fireflies that seem to float through the air along a path on the Tionesta Creek in Kellettville, Pa. For several weeks in June each year, people from around the world make the trek to this northwest Pennsylvania forest to see all manner of fireflies.
A sign in the Allegheny National Forest directs hikers to Peggy and Ken Butler’s Black Caddis Ranch in Kelletville, Pa.
Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, prepares for an after-dark hike along the nearby Tionesta Creek to Firefly Island in search of fireflies.
For more

Pennsylvania Firefly Festival: https://www.pafireflyfestival.orgListen to an AP podcast about synchronous fireflies: https://bit.ly/2tFdQN5.Further reading: Fireflies, Glow-worms and Lightning Bugs, by Lynn Frierson Faust, and Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies, by Sara Lewis.

In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, looks at some fireflies in a jar during an evening hike overlooking the Tionesta Creek and Firefly Island, left rear, in Kellettville, Pa. For several weeks in June each year, people from around the world make the trek to this northwest Pennsylvania forest to see all manner of fireflies.
Versicolor, or “Chinese lanterns,” fireflies that seem to float through the air along a path on the Tionesta Creek in Kellettville, Pa. For several weeks in June each year, people from around the world make the trek to this northwest Pennsylvania forest to see all manner of fireflies.
A sign in the Allegheny National Forest directs hikers to Peggy and Ken Butler’s Black Caddis Ranch in Kelletville, Pa.
Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, prepares for an after-dark hike along the nearby Tionesta Creek to Firefly Island in search of fireflies.

In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, heads out in search of fireflies in Kellettville, Pa.

In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

Peggy Butler, organizer of the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, checks her firefly net while preparing for an after-dark hike in search of fireflies on and near Black Caddis Ranch on the edge of the Allegheny Forest, in Kelletville, Pa.
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