Firefly Tourism Grows in Mexico

The dense oyamel fir forests of Central Mexico are filled with an extraordinary light show every summer (June through August). In the town of Nanacamilpa, located in the state of Tlaxcala, there’s a 200 hectare firefly sanctuary that recently has been attracting over 50,000 tourists each year.

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One group, called  Amigos de las Luciérnagas (Friends of the Fireflies), is worried that excessive tourism could have a negative impact on the firefly population (a newly described, endemic species called Macrolampis palaciosi). So they’ve started a national  campaign to raise awareness about these fireflies’ habitat requirements and their need for protection. You can learn more here (in Spanish).

Maybe it’s time to think about similarly protecting popular firefly tourist sites in the U.S.!

 

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