Firefly synchrony

by ARTiFactor on Jun. 21st, 2009

Fireflies provide light show in Tennessee

Happening right now, and for the next few days the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee will light up as P. Carolinus fireflies begin to blink in beautiful, astonishing unison. The fireflies, who can sense when their neighbor fireflies are flashing and attempt to flash before them, send waves of light to cascading down the Tennessee hillsides. One of the best spots to see them is in one small area, near the Little River Trailhead in Elkmont, TN." BoingBoing

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basketbal girl 21's picture
basketbal girl 21 says:

this vid is amazing. can't that the firflies can sense when their neighbors are blinking. i thought is was cool.

posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 3:24pm
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curious says:

totally amazing! awesomeness!! i want to go see it now!
how can they sense when their neighbors are going to blink, and why do they try to light up before their neighbors?

posted on Mon, 06/22/2009 - 3:55pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Here are some still photos from a reporter on the scene.

posted on Sun, 07/05/2009 - 11:16am
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Anonymous says:

I know that fireflies don't always synconized blink. Why do they sometimes blonk together and other times individually. Does this phenomenon only happen in Tennessee? I have a wooded area near my home in Minnesota and I don't ever remember them blinking in unison.

posted on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 4:37pm

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