Blue Ghost Fireflies

At one point in the story of The Water Cure, two of my characters discuss a phenomenon they have seen with their own eyes, and dismiss fireflies as an explanation for it. Fireflies, as everyone knows, glow yellow-green; not blue.

Well, in fact, there is a species of firefly that glows blue. But it is not indigenous to the Ozark Mountains where my characters encounter that light. It’s found, instead, in the Great Smoky Mountain range — close to where one of those two characters was born!

Read about rare “Blue Ghost Fireflies” in this article from Discovery Magazine:

https://www.discovery.com/nature/rare-blue-ghost-fireflies-only-glow-in-one-part-of-north-america

About W. Keith Brenton

W. Keith Brenton is a retired communication specialist, minister and passenger train conductor, living and writing in the historic resort village Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He is the widowed adoptive dad of Matt and Laura, and Pop-Pop to one grandchild. He enjoys drinking the local water, but unfortunately doesn’t look any younger than his actual age.
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