Synchronous firefly viewing in the Smokies starts

5/31/2017

A lucky few were chosen to view the synchronous fireflies in the Smoky Mountains.

Every year in late May and early June, hundreds of people pack into the Elkmont Campground to see the natural phenomenon. Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns.

For more than a decade, visitors have been able to get passes to see the show in person. Over 18,000 people applied to get one of the limited passes.

“It’s almost like going to a light show during Christmas,” said one attendee.

“It’s all about the experience and hanging out with friends,” said a visitor.

Attendees need a parking pass from the lottery in order to see the fireflies.

Shuttles start leaving the Sugarlands Visitor Center at 7 p.m. from May 30 – June 6. It costs $1 per person to ride the shuttle.

Source: WATE

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