Visiting the Firefly sanctuary near Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala, Mexico was completely unbelievable. Thousands of them, and spinning and swirling around us and into the tree tops. Lighting up IN SYNC with each other like a coordinated light show.
It didn’t feel like planet earth. It felt like I stood up to fast and was seeing stars… it felt like I stepped into fantasy.
I drove 2 hours to stay at the eco hotel Piedra Canteada, deep in the pine forests of Oyamel. These insects show their faces for just a month every year to breed. This story might sound a little bit like the Monarch Butterfly Migration that we saw earlier in the year, but instead of flying from Canada, the fireflies are here all year round; you just can’t see them.
The firefly we know, isn’t even a fly, it’s a beetle. All beetles have a larval stage called a grub, and fireflies live in the dirt without wings for 20 months before erupting out of a pupae (a bit like a cocoon) for one single month to have a giant sex party.
This show is easily one of the top 5 most amazing natural phenomena I have seen so far in my travels, and I can’t believe it’s not more popular. Bioluminescence continues to blow my mind. Glowing plankton, fireflies, mushrooms… I think it is incredible.
Enjoy this quick video of the Firefly Sanctuary in Tlaxcala, I don’t think anyone has filmed it yet on Youtube. I needed special equipment, and It was a bit tricky to capture this for you guys.