Urgent Safeguards Sought for Near-Extinct Firefly
The Center and allies just filed an emergency petition requesting Endangered Species Act protections for the Bethany Beach firefly, an insect on the brink of blinking out forever.
The rare firefly has been documented at only seven sites along the Delaware coast. It's under dire threat from urbanization, light pollution, habitat fragmentation, pesticides, storm surges and sea-level rise. And now the wetland area home to the firefly's largest remaining population is being developed.
"Without immediate protections, the magical green flashes known to generations of children will be snuffed out forever," said the Center's Dr. Tara Cornelisse.
Read more in The Washington Post and learn more about fireflies at our website.