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AT: Wildscapes Workshop- Fireflies of Texas: A Look At Texas’ Remarkable Bioluminescent Diversity
September 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$12
Abstract of Presentation: A highly educational and fun talk on the types of fireflies (Lampyridae) in Texas. Ben will be presenting his research on Texas firefly taxa with an emphasis on fireflies that occur in nearby river basins and riparian areas. Ben will discuss why fireflies flash and how they use light to communicate to potential mates. He will show attendees how to identify Texas firefly species and discuss specific threats to why fireflies are disappearing in many areas of Texas. He will also talk on how to create a good habitat for fireflies, plants that they love, and gardening tips for encouraging them to your land.
Biographical information: Ben is founder of Firefly Conservation & Research at Firefly.org, a firefly conservation and educational non-profit. Firefly.org is currently the internet’s most visited website about fireflies. Ben is a recognized public speaker and science educator whose research work focuses on Texas firefly species. He is working to document the state’s firefly diversity and it’s natural history regarding there life cycle, preferred habitat and unique flash patterns. His research is helping to illuminate much of this never before collected information about the state’s incredibly rich firefly diversity so that others can work to preserve and enjoy it.
Ben studied Biology at Texas State University and is a certified Master Naturalist. He is a lifelong 6th generation Texan and has spent most of his life working to understand Texas ecology and its unique diversity.