Annual synchronous fireflies display expected soon at Congaree National Park

Photo from Great Smokey Mountains National Park. One of the few places for the fireflies show.

The Congaree National Park Park staff and community partners are gearing up for a celebration of the annual synchronous fireflies which will soon appear at Congaree National Park.

The synchronous fireflies are a rare phenomenon and can only be seen in a handful of places throughout the South. The short window of activity for these fascinating creatures is mid- May to mid-June. During this period, the fireflies “flash” as part of a mating ritual. In the forests of Congaree National Park, these flashes are synchronized and are a sight to behold.

The Harry Hampton Visitor Center will be open until 9:00 p.m. from May 20 through June 10 as part of firefly season.

Park staff will be available during the evenings to provide information and assist those that want to experience this wonder of nature. As a culmination of the season, the park will host a Firefly Festival on Saturday, May 27. The special event will feature special programs, exhibits, and activities. “This is an exciting time of year for us,” said Park Ranger Jon Manchester, “it really is amazing to see the fireflies here at the park. They are a rare site and can be seen just steps away from the Harry Hampton Visitor Center!”

For updated information on the synchronous firefly activity at Congaree National visit the park website at www.nps.gov/cong or call the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at (803) 776-4396.

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