Dimming the glow of firefly festivals in Maharashtra
- Each year, before the monsoons in Maharashtra, tourists gather in forests at night, to witness the fascinating illumination of fireflies that light up for mating.
- Environmentalists have opposed such festivals, citing harm to fireflies during the mating season and disruption of the habitat.
- Festival organisers are open to following guidelines but suggest that this ecotourism model could in turn benefit the village economy and encourage forest conservation.
- Research indicates that the firefly population in India is decreasing. However, the unique behaviour of fireflies and their illumination patterns along with a short lifespan, make these insects difficult to study.
1 July 2022
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