Texas is one of the lucky states in the U.S. when it comes to lightning bugs (a.k.a. fireflies), as the flashing insects appear in the evening in both spring and fall here due to our climate (they thrive in warm and humid conditions). This fall they’re more noticeable because their populations are bigger than usual, due to higher than average rainfall in 2020.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 36 of the approximately 175 firefly species in the U.S. are found in Texas. Since they typically love grassy areas near bodies of water, some of the best places to spot them are at Richardson parks that include lakes or streams and areas with minimal “spillover” from bright streetlights—try Breckinridge Park, Prairie Creek Park and inside the Spring Creek Nature Area.

Website: https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2020/may/scout10_wildthing/#
Website: www.firefly.org
Website: www.cor.net/parks