For many years, entomologists (scientists who study insects) have heard anecdotes from Utahns about occasional firefly sightings. Now, scientists at BYU are teaming up with the Natural History Museum of Utah to track firefly populations, using the help of citizen scientists. We still have a lot of questions about fireflies in Utah, but that’s where YOU can help.
Become a Firefly Ranger and learn how you can protect Utah’s fireflies, and submit your own sightings here!
Firefly populations are small and isolated, but they do exist in Utah. Historical reports indicate that they have been living here all along, but they have largely escaped our notice due to their remote wetland habitats.
This is a map of firefly sightings in Utah compiled through the Utah Museum of Natural History’s Citizen Science Project. Help us protect these rare treasures and leave them where they do best, in the wild.