It's officially firefly season—that time of year where the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and those flying bugs put on a special private light show in your backyard. If you want to attract even more lightning bugs to your yard, there's a tree you can plant (and you might already have a few) in your yard to create the perfect firefly haven.
Pine trees, as it turns out, are a firefly favorite—specifically native pine trees. Fireflies love to lay their eggs in the canopies, and planting a ton of them in your yard gives the lightning bugs a place to do so. They also give fireflies a nice dark place for mating, and the needles that fall to the ground provide a perfect space for larvae to grow and flourish.
If you don't have time to grow an entire pine tree but still want to attract fireflies to your yard, there are a few other things you can do. First, let the grass grow by mowing less frequently. When grass and other shrubs are at a higher level, there are more places for fireflies to create a space to live in.
Another thing you can do is stop using pesticides. Of course, they can be directly affected by pesticides if they are sprayed—but residue left on the grass is also harmful to the species.
One more tip: fireflies obviously love the dark (how else would they get to shine their lights and communicate with their friends?) so leave your porch lights off! Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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