How to Make Your Backyard Firefly-friendly
Come on little twinklers!
There’s nothing more magical than a summer evening filled with the twinkling of fireflies. In fact, people travel to the Great Smoky Mountains during peak firefly season (from late May to mid-June) just to catch a glimpse of the park’s famous synchronous lightening bugs in action.
But what if we told you that you could create that same magic in your own backyard?
We can’t guarantee that the synchronous species of lightening bug will show up at your door, but the National Gardening Association says that leaving an area of high grass or shrubbery around the perimeter of your yard will certainly help to attract the bugs. Though male fireflies, well… fly, female fireflies often rest on tall pieces of grass or other shrubbery. It also helps to attract them with their favorite foods (slugs and snails) so resist the temptation to control them.
If you don’t have them already, planting pine trees can also bring the twinklers to your yard. According to House Beautiful, these conifers are a firefly favorite. They reportedly love to lay their eggs in the canopies, so having plenty of them your yard creates plenty of opportunity for them to do so. The thick branches also provide fireflies with a dark, private place for mating, and the needles that fall to the ground create an ideal space for larvae to thrive.
So, let’s bring on those fireflies!