Fantastic lights from fireflies in Ogimi Village

Fantastic lights from fireflies in Ogimi Village

At 8:00 p.m. on May 18, at Kijoka in Ogimi Village, Luciola kuroiwae fireflies turned on a fantastic light show in the dark.  (Photograph was taken by Masatoshi Moromizato, shooting for 3 minutes 9 seconds on long exposure.)


May 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Since Okinawa entered the rainy season on May 17, fireflies have been adding a mysterious glow to the nights in Kijoka, Ogimi Village. They are the Luciola kuroiwae species of firefly, which is about 5 mm long.

People enjoyed the light show for about one hour from 7:30 p.m. on May 18, a day when some fine periods of weather occurred in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. The lights can be seen depending on the weather. Local nature lovers say that the fireflies will continue to appear until the end of June.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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