Firefly, an insect belongs to Coleoptera order, often known for their use of yellowish-green bioluminescence for attracting their prey and mating partner. Although there are more than 2000 species of Firefly distributed worldwide, India host around 7 to 8 species. Apart from their visual beaut and a ubiquitous presence in popular culture, Fireflies are considered as an excellent indicator of ecosystem health.
A healthy, productive and contamination-free ecosystem must have a Firefly population. However, once observed in a large number, Fireflies sharply decreased in recent years due to rapid urban growth, land-use pattern change, and light pollution. Where are the Fireflies going? Where can we still see them? Is there natural habitat is getting destroyed? What is the reason for that? These are the questions needed to be addressed to know the present status of last romantic childhood memory; pitch dark night and glowing Fireflies.
This year, go to your backyard and try to find Fireflies. Click the following link and share your findings with us. We will share the data of Firefly sightings all across the Bengal with you and you will find the reason why there are no fireflies around.