Blue Mountains Fireflies

Did you know that Fireflis live in the Blue Mountains?

Image above: A photograph of Fireflies and Glow Worms taken on our guided tour

Yes, that's right, there are even more glowing treasures waiting to be discovered in the Blue Mountains than you might think!

As we approach the festive season an embrace the beginning of summer, many Blue Mountains locals celebrate the short but very exciting firefly season. Starting around the beginning of December and lasting approximately 4 weeks (depending on things like localised climate, topography and altitude), the rainforest, canyons and gullies around the Blue mountains are illuminated by the magical flashing lights of the adult Firefly beetle. Coming out at twilight in search of a mate, male fireflies silently roam the skies, blinking incessantly in the hope of winning over a female.

Fireflies are one of the better-known bio-luminescent organisms around the world and can be seen in large numbers in many Asian countries and the USA. But for some reason, they are lesser known in Australia, despite more than 25 species existing. The Blue Mountains Firefly (Atyphella lychnus) is the only firefly species visible in the Sydney region.

The good news is that you can see them now on our Glow Worm Tours and around the Blue Mountains!

Blue Mountains Firefly Discovery Information

Throughout December, our Glow Worm Tours have been rescheduled to start earlier in the evening. This will give each tour group the best chance of seeing Fireflies while they are out and glowing. Already, tours over the last few nights have begun to see fireflies alongside the glow worms.
Where: Around canyons and rainforest in the Blue Mountains
Season: Early December through to around Christmas
Best Time: Arrive about 1 hour before dusk. Firefly numbers seem to peak approximately 30 minutes before full darkness. It is not uncommon to spot small numbers roaming the airspace into the night.
Note: Firefly displays can be unpredictable. We have noticed that rainfall (even slight) can deter the fireflies from appearing completely.

With the right timing and conditions in the best locations, large numbers of fireflies can be seen on a single evening. Here at our Glow Worm Canyon we can see anywhere from 10 - 80 fireflies throughout a single evening. Reports from various Blue Mountains locals indicate that with the right conditions, timing and location hundreds can be visible, particularly near dense rainforest.