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 is expanding to other western states in 2019. Since its inception, the Western Firefly Project has confirmed new populations of fireflies in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado.
What are fireflies?
Join the Western Firefly Project
Today, research benefits greatly from the discoveries and contributions of Citizen Scientists around the world. The Natural History Museum of Utah currently hosts a number of 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.
Below is an example of what to look for--a wet meadow in late May through June. Please note our map that had locations of sightings is down for maintenance as people were visiting private land where fireflies had been spotted. This was at the request of various private landowners. We're working on a new map.
If you are in eastern states, contribute your firefly sightings to Firefly Watch.