Pro Photo Daily - Around the Net | Nature Watch: How Fireflies Are Keeping a Mexican Town Alive

By: David Schonauer
Publish Date: Sept. 12, 2017, 8:10 a.m.

The Mexican hamlet of Nanacamilpa was packed this summer with an estimated 100,000 visitors from mid-June to mid-August. There were also lots of fireflies, which are fast becoming a national treasure and a lucrative source of cash for a chronically poor region, notes National Geographic in a report featuring images by photographer Kirsten Luce. The explosion of interest in the nocturnal light shows has thrilled some and worried others, as scientists scramble to understand the insects and locals look for ways to protect them.