Nature’s Glow-In-The-Dark Superstars

Luminous fish, fungi and bugs. | Photos by David Liittschwager

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Common Name: synchronous fireflies, Scientific Name: predominantly Photinus carolinus, Location: Chimneys Picnic Area, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee, Science Contact: Lynn Faust 11828 Couch Mill Rd Knoxville, TN 37932 USA 865-690-2852 tnlfaust@gmail.com,

More than four-fifths of Earth’s organisms are known to make light live in the ocean. Their glowing existence has perks and pitfalls.

Appeared in the March 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine as “Luminous Life”.

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