If you were lucky enough to grow up in an area of the country that had fireflies, you probably remember the excitement and magic they created every summer when they appeared at the end of dusk. Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs - their presence is unforgettable.
The firefly is disappearing from this country and other parts of the world - mainly due to development and light pollution. But here in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina they continue to thrive - even in the city. We must still be small enough to keep them with us.
Although their "fire" looks about the same to a novice, there are thousands of different species of fireflies. One species in North America can synchronize their flashing lights across large swaths of land, and they live in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These fireflies don't always flash in unison. Their synchronization occurs during a two week period each year which is tied to their mating season, but is also affected by temperature and soil moisture. For details about this natural light show click here to visit the website for the National Park Service.
You can enjoy fireflies all summer long (although they don't flash in unison) from the porch and yard at The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast. Photographs or videos don't do justice to their magical, fairy tale like quality on a warm summer night.