Mother Nature's annual Smoky Mountains light show is underway

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

And its lightning bugs...........(fireflies to some of you) but a very special kind of lightning bug.

Each year in the Smoky Mountains park, especially around the Elkmont Campground and Little River Trail area, the lightning bugs put on a special and spectacular light show for visitors.

Large groups of them combine to flash in unison. Now if you've never been out in woods at night and seen literally thousands of these little lights flashing in synronization let me tell you it's truly a sight to behold.

Scientists speculate the syncornized flashing is related to mating. The've observed females lighting on or under a bush and starting to flash their light on and off. Soon male firelies start gathing and in just a few minutes the whole group of fireflies are flashing in almost perfect synronization with each other.

I wonder how the female picks her mate.........longest flash? brightest? Who knows, but it's a wonder to watch.

Starting in June and through July the annual firefly show is usually visible. The crowds have grown so large that the National Park service now runs mandatory trolly shuttle from the Sugarlands visitors center to Elkmont, no outside vehicles allowed. 

The round trip ride is a bargain for only $1.00 round trip and I guarantee you'll be fascinated for hours on end watching a huge, dark woods full of lightning bugs flashing on and off at the same time.


Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
How cool Jim. I love watching them at night by the camp fire.
Jun 04, 2007 01:31 AM #1
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

What a wonderful post ! You piqued the zoologist in me (my degree) with this one, Jim...I wishe I lived nearer as I would love to see this.  We have lightning bugs here however they are few and far between. Now I will be thinking of that song all morning...

"catch a falling star and put it in a jar and save it for a rainy day " or however it goes...

Thanks for 'lighting' up my day !


Jun 04, 2007 01:57 AM #2
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Tennesee is such a beautiful state how nice it must be to see your beautiful forests all lit up. Must be like Christmas with a lot less energy spent! Thank you for the en"lightening" post! (no pun intended!)
Jun 04, 2007 02:25 PM #3
Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI

Jim, thanks for teaching me something new about Tennesee.

BTW, link isn't working

Jun 05, 2007 11:59 AM #4
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Sorry about the link, it seems I had a forward slash too many in there.

It works now.

Jun 05, 2007 12:38 PM #5
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