The Book


“If you love fireflies, then I wrote this book for you.”

Book Jacket 28 Sept
Their ethereal beauty has inspired wonder and delight for centuries.
Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery…


How do these creatures make light? What do baby fireflies look like?

What are they saying with all that flashing – and to whom?

Are fireflies really disappearing?

This book will remake your eyes for wonder. Silent Sparks slips behind the spectacle to divulge stories of fireflies’ gluttonous childhoods, their seductive sex lives, elaborate gifts, treacherous poisons, and dangerous deceits. Along the way, stories reveal how these miraculous creatures illuminate the creative improvisation of evolution.

Written for nature lovers of all ages, Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies is illustrated with stunning images captured by many talented photographers and artists. It’s available at your local bookstore, and you can also order it here or here.

This companion website also celebrates firefly science and wonder. Come back often to feed your curiosity and learn more about fireflies! Because here you can:

  • Marvel at amazing firefly photos and watch the author’s TED Talk
  • Share your firefly stories with other readers
  • Follow the author’s blog on wonder and scientists’ firefly adventures

You’ll also find the book’s Chapter Notes here, with lots more information and links for you to further explore the wondrous world of fireflies.