‘Brief Shining of the Light’: Japan’s Fireflies Dance – and Mate – in Isolation Amid COVID-19

Source: The Guardian »

As the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin glowing, producing a spectacle that usually draws crowds of delighted visitors.

But this year, the dance of the incandescent insects is being performed without spectators, after coronavirus prevention measures forced organisers of a popular firefly festival to cancel the event.

The decision may have disappointed fans of the bugs, but it provides an unusually serene atmosphere as the insects blink on and off, appearing to dance through…

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