VMN CE Webinar: Fireflies!
From Michelle Prysby
Description: Who doesn’t love fireflies? Many of us have fond memories of catching fireflies when we were kids, or watching a magical light show on a summer evening. This webinar discusses firefly natural history, behavior, identification, and conservation. We outline useful physical and behavioral characteristics for identifying common groups of fireflies in Virginia.
Other questions discussed include:
- How many firefly species are there?
- Why do fireflies flash?
- What do fireflies eat?
- Are firefly populations declining?
Presenter: Ariel Firebaugh is a lifelong learner and explorer. As an undergraduate at Roanoke College, she spent weekends practicing German verb conjugations while hiking around the Blue Ridge Mountains. She became semi-nocturnal in graduate school studying firefly behavior at UVA’s Blandy Experimental Farm field station. She now serves as the Director of Scientific Engagement at Blandy.
Host: Michelle Prysby, Virginia Master Naturalist program director