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Western Firefly Sighting Submission Form

Fireflies and star trails.

Share your firefly experiences here! 

Please fill out the form below to help local scientists collect information on the firefly genus, Pyractomena, and their phylogenetic relationships and population genetics.

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View a map of western firefly sightings

Please read before submitting!

You may know that fireflies are in the beetle family Lampyridae. Members of this family are widespread. Currently, we aren't collecting data about non-luminescent lampyrids so there is no need to report data on those.

Unless otherwise requested, your submission's location will be placed on the public fireflies map. 

Occasionally, people see a flying insect under a bright light at night. These can be confused for fireflies because the light shines on them and makes them appear to bioluminesce. However, fireflies are unlikely to be around human lights—it throws them off! So, be sure your data reporting comes from dark areas. Thanks!

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