Did you know there are fireflies in Utah, New Mexico, and other western states?
Started in 2014 as the Utah Firefly Citizen Science Project, the project expanded to other western states in 2019. Since then, the Western Firefly Project has confirmed new populations of fireflies in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado. View a map of recorded firefly sightings, which continues to grow thanks to participation from everyday citizen scientists. You can also read more about this project in various articles on our blog.
What are fireflies?
Join the Western Firefly Project
Today, research benefits tremendously from the discoveries and contributions of Citizen Scientists around the world. The Natural History Museum of Utah currently hosts several Citizen Science projects, and we need your help! If you have observed fireflies in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, or Oregon, follow this link to submit your sightings.
Fireflies in Utah
Late May to early July is prime firefly spotting season in Utah, so keep your eyes peeled if you're exploring wet habitats after 9:30 p.m. Then, submit your sightings to the Western Firefly Project.
As you conduct your own search for fireflies in Utah in mid-May through late June, refer to the example image below showing what to look for as prime firefly habitat: a wet meadow.
If you would like to contribute firefly data from eastern U.S. states, submit your firefly sightings to Firefly Watch.