How Fireflies Are Keeping This Tiny Mexican Town Alive

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  • Fireflies come out by the thousands in the forests of Tlaxcala, Mexico, attracting growing numbers of tourists eager to take in their magical display. Locals are beginning to cash in on the boom, caught in a balancing act between celebrating and protecting a natural treasure.

As night falls on Laguna Azul, an ecotourism lodge on the outskirts of the Mexican hamlet of Nanacamilpa, it looks like rain, and a group of eight tourists nervously watch the sky. Their guides look unconcerned. Cold rain makes for a miserable walk, but the fireflies love it.

 

A younger guide introduces himself in a strong voice as an older one looks on, leaning on a thick walking stick. The guide lists the basic rules of the tour: walk only on the path, no wandering, no music, no alcohol, no insect repellent, no lamps, and absolutely no cell phones. Any light, even that of a cell phone display, can distract the fireflies.

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http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/08/firefly-fields-mexico-tourism-ecotourism/

 

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