This listing does not replace any other surveys or national databases. Please make your reports to them principally, where they exist.
If you send reports in, please try to give enough information so that others can find the location again, such as a map reference using the official government maps, and give a date or at least a year when the observations were made. However, we do not want to build up a very detailed database – a single observation per year is all that is needed.
Bisamberg (10 km NE of Vienna): 2 or 3 glow worms in garden, June 2001. (Mykola). Also one seen June 2003.
Piesting (lower Austria): many fireflies reported 1990s. (Mykola)
I'd let you know of a very large
number of fireflies I've just seen in the Forêt de
area of woodland to the south of Brussels, largely composed of beech trees.
Sightings were on 23rd and 25th June 2001, at about 11:15pm (a little over an hour after sunset) on both occasions. Clear skies, still air, warm (about 18° C).
First sighting was the more spectacular – there must have been in excess of 100, perhaps many more than that, both flying and on the ground, over quite a large area of the forest (both in areas of open scrubland and amongst the trees).
On the second sighting, there seemed to be fewer, but still very numerous. And this time tended to be confined to clearings or open scrubland. This is the first time I've ever seen fireflies, and so I do not know which species they are. What I can tell you is that:
a) at least as many of the glowing insects were flying as on the ground. I presume that the fliers were male?
b) what appeared to be larvae seemed to be whitish in colour, or at least lighter than the adults, and the glowing seemed to come from distinct points on the rear (I counted four such points of light on one larva). They measured about 10–12 mm in length.
c) there were also adults on the ground, some congregated in groups of two or three (surrounding a female? I couldn't tell). They were brown in colour. Again, about 10-12 mm in length.
d) there seemed to be no difference in intensity or duration of the luminescence when comparing the adults (both the flying ones and those on the ground) and the larvae. (duration of glow was at least 15 secs, possibly more).’ (Paul Wheeler)
Raphaël de Cock comments on this report:
I know about the population in the Zonien Woud (Forêt de Soignes). It is the study population for my PhD on glow-worms.
The species is Lamprohiza splendidula
or Kleine glimworm
glow-worm) in Dutch. The whitish "larvae" are the females! The larvae
similar but are brown.
I know they occur in Groenendaal and Bosvoorde. I did not see them in Tervuren and Rood Klooster. By the way: in Zonien also occurs the common glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) and the little glow-worm (Phosphaenus hemipterus; kortschildglimworm in Dutch)
might like some info on
I spotted in France on 24 June this year . We share a French
just a short distance from the town of Trun
and I was
an evening stroll along a quiet country lane with just a few remote
littered here and there. Being quite dark by the time I was returning
the whole hedgerow along this road was lit up by glow-worms. The sight
was quite breathtaking. I stopped to count and gave up at 350. I recall
seing glow-worms in my youth during the 1950s – it was my
to tell us that the glow-worms were back in the garden and summer was
last here.’ – Ken Rimell
‘We moved into our present house in La
Ferte Alais, some 40 km south of Paris, earlier this year
. Two nights ago, sitting on the balcony, I was surprised to see
a tiny green light in the middle of the lawn. It was, of course, a glow
worm, the first time I had ever seen one.
The garden is within a built up area covered by street lighting, but
shaded by five large trees which means the lawn is of poor quality so I
don't cut it too close. The glow worm was against the side of a stone
slab which forms an inspection cover for our house drains.
I watched it for a while again last night, the green light varied in
intensity in cycles lasting several minutes.’ –
The intensity changes are probably due to her moving her tail to improve visibility. Or, as Chuck Berry puts it in ‘Roll Over Beethoven’:
You know she wiggles like a glow worm
Dance like a spinnin' top
I had never seen a glow
worm before and until
we looked closely we weren’t sure what we were looking at
green in the night. Are there any reports of glow worms in
desert area or the Southwestern United States, which is a very
climate from the UK, or was this a different species? I
posted a sighting on your website from
Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), which is not too different a climate...’
-- Stephen Cohen, July 2001
Can anyone help by
suggesting what Stephen
Maybe the following press release from New Mexico State University is
(copied from http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/news/1998/100298_GLOWWORM.html):
Glowworms Sighted in Southern New MexicoDate:
October 02, 1998
Carol Sutherland, (505) 646-3207,
Jenifer Schlotfeldt, (505) 646-1072,
-- People who have noticed eerie, blue-green lights the size of
have mainly been sighted in Las Cruces, Alamogordo and Lincoln from
are insects -- a very unusual group of beetles that are native to this
light bulbs produce almost 90 percent heat and 10 percent light when
are lit, she
active glowworm can glow during the day, but its light is only visible
in the dark,
female glowworm is tan, wingless, flat and elongated. During the day,
of their interesting features and behavior, very little is known about
these odd little
amateur collectors should look at night in grassy or weedy areas. Once
"Glowworms are too tiny to bite humans and they are harmless to handle," she added.
are preferred. Once caught, the insects should be put in a small
glowworms can be sent to Sutherland at the Extension Plant Sciences
‘On May 17th 2001 I had an opportunity to find a
glow worm at the top
of the Grand Canyon at Havasupai, Arizona. At the
top of the
on May 17th it was very quiet with no other people around except the
of (4) that I was with. This is a remote area where people arrange to
down into the Grand Canyon – an awesome sight. We arrived in
and sat out in our camping chairs to view the awesome sight –
All of a sudden I spotted a glow on the pavement (the paved area is directly below a sheer wall that has many caves). I thought it might be a reflective glass. Upon looking closer, it began to move. At this point we took out our flashlight and observed it more closely under the light and thought it looked much like a small centipede. We did not know what it was and had
never seen anything quite like it.
I began to walk a great distance up and down the side of the canyon top to see if I could see more of these unique creatures but this was the only one.
Is it rare to see these in Arizona? All the information on
about glow worms state they are sighted in Australia and the UK. I also
thought it odd that it was the only one around.’ –
I’m very curious about these creatures, as not a
whole lot seems to
be known about them. Since they have no
commercial importance the entymology dept. at the local university (Oregon State University) hasn't really researched them much. But they are fun to find and to point out to my young daughter if nothing else. – Arne’
Valley, CA, 2 female glow worms seen 11 pm, 22 June 2004
Our house is near some abandoned fields, which is from what
a typical location to find glow worms. Its also near our toilet where
used chalk a lot. My family and I haven't actually touched the place
almost a decade
until recently when I moved here with my girlfriend. When I last saw the glow worms in the seventies, one of them laid eggs on a rock. They glowed faintly for several days. I remember this clearly because I thought it was glow worm-poop....
The nature here is special, with lots of more or less
areas. Even bears have been reported nearby. Our lot is bordering on
or old cattle fields on three sides. Last night was remarkably dark
to the dense forest and the weather) although it’s just a
.’ – Ove.
I've described the general lay of the land, but other
may be interesting to you is that the weather conditions were warm (20
degrees C and higher), and generally dry. There was a storm one night,
and we hadn't seen any fireflies prior to the lightning commencing. The
dates we observed them were between 12th and 16th of June, 2003,
10pm and about midnight (the fireflies didn't stop, we
did!).’ – Jeremy
‘I would like to report the sighting of a glow
worm in my garden
in Braga (northern Portugal) tonight.’ -- Anabela, 16 June
‘I saw on 30 April 2005, 3 female glow worms, in a garden in the darker areas, under a bush and on the herbs, in Lisbon. The weather conditions were mild around 18 degrees celsius at 22.00 pm. Breezy conditions. A few days later ( 5 May) saw there more 2 females.