Dimming the glow of firefly festivals in Maharashtra

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.



Date Published:

1 July 2022

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