Coffee Break: Searching for the Southwest Spring Firefly

In this virtual Coffee Break, our featured topic is the Southwest spring firefly (Bicellonycha wickershamorum), a nocturnal species associated with permanent streams and marshy areas in the Sky Islands and surrounding foothills of southern Arizona and New Mexico.

This rare firefly is currently under review for Endangered Species Act listing. For this talk, we’re joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Rachel Laura and Xerces Society biologist Candace Fallon. They discuss this firefly’s life history and the threats it faces, efforts to map its distribution, current research and conservation needs, and the ESA listing process.

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