Firefly Reports from Arkansas
Selected by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law

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Please include your city/town and state, and the date of your sighting. Include as many details as you can, such as numbers of fireflies, location (rural/city/wooded area, etc), temperature, time, and so on. Thanks for helping with this project.

Below are reports from Arkansas, listed in date order, alphabetically by city.

Beaver Lake:

July 19, 2002: Bobbie Burks reports: We recently camped for two nights on Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas. We were delighted to be treated to firefly displays both nights. . . hundreds of them. That was the most fireflies I have seen in a long time. Not a butterfly garden in sight, but something is there to help fireflies flourish! (It certainly wasn't the cooler temperature, because it was just as hot and humid there as it is in Tyler!) They have seemingly disappeared from the Tyler, Texas, area where I live. An Englishman visiting the area was interested in knowing what they were. Evidently they are not common in England, either. I enjoyed visiting your site. Good luck on finding solutions.


June 11, 2002: A reader writes: I retired in June of last year from Dow Chemical Company and move from Katy, Texas, to Jonesboro, Arkansas, and that was the first thing that caught my eye. Hundreds of them in the eveing for about a month--then no more. But I just saw them tonight. They're back. Never saw them in Katy!


August 1, 2009: My family and I were fortunate to see Lightening Bugs/ Fireflies quite by chance on Saturday, August 1, 2009, in Mena, Arkansas. We were coming out of Spinelli's Restaurant looking back toward a wooded area and I saw the telltale blinking lights. We drove back to our motel - The LimeTree Inn - and sure enough behind the motel in the wooded area there were blinking lights everywhere. I found your site when I got back home to Texas and was wondering, "Why don't I see lightening bugs here anymore?" I live north of Dallas in a rural area and I haven't seen them since I was a kid. Any spottings that you know of in the North Texas area?

Northeast Arkansas:

August 6, 2000: A reader notes: A month ago we went on vacation to northeast Arkansas. We went camping on the buffalo river. Every evening we got quite a show from the fireflies.It was sweet. I have been in Texas for about seventeen years. I grew up in Kansas City and saw fireflies every evening in the summer. But not here. When I returned from Arkansas I got on the internet and ask why they weren't down here. The reply that I got (from a bug man) was that they have too many predators down south and they wouldn't survive. That sucks. Anyway I thought I would pass that on. Good luck.


June 8, 2010: A reader notes: Tonight at 6 pm 85 degrees in Searcy, Arkansas, we saw 20-25 fireflies lasting 20 minutes between mid-dusk and dark. Small town with heavy brush on property. Thanks.


June 8, 2002: A reader writes: We just moved to Warren, Arkansas, population 6,000+ and we moved from League City, Texas where we rarely saw a firefly. We live on 2 acres and starting on June 6th about 2 million fireflies rose up from the ground. They start glowing around 8:00 p.m. Tonight they advanced on to our porch and we were like two small children. The temperture outside is about 82 degrees.

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