Fireflies face extinction from habitat loss, artificial light and pesticides, study says

One of summer’s most enduring sights may be extinguished forever in some parts of the world.

Fireflies, aka lightning bugs, are facing a triple extinction threat from habitat loss, artificial light and pesticide use, new research suggests.

Loss of habitat is the primary threat, scientists say: “Lots of wildlife species are declining because their habitat is shrinking,” said study lead author Sara Lewis of Tufts University, “so it wasn’t a huge surprise that habitat loss was considered the biggest threat.

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