June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dr. Luiz Silveira (WCU)
Did you know…
- That fireflies are beetles?
- That our planet is home to over 2,200 firefly species?
- That all firefly species make light as larvae (immature stage), but many don’t do it in the adult stage?
- That many fireflies can be identified by their species-specific flash pattern?
- That over a dozen firefly species can be found on the Highlands Plateau?
Come join Western Carolina University entomologist Dr. Luiz Da Silveira for our first “Fireflies 101” workshop, where participants will learn about the natural history of fireflies, ways of observing and telling them apart, and what we can do to make our gardens more “glowing.” The workshop will conclude with a night walk around the Highlands Biological Station grounds and Botanical Garden, where we will learn to identify the fireflies we encounter and decipher their light-flash conversations.
Dr. Luiz Da Silveira is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Western Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards he worked one year as a post-doc at the University of Georgia. Luiz specializes on the taxonomy of South American fireflies and on global biogeography of the Lampyridae.
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