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Home of the firefly 蛍の里

2014.05.15 (Thu)
Photo by Kameno.

Photo by Kameno.

Fireflies have long been loved as a classic seasonal symbol in Japan. The Kenji firefly (Luciola cruciata) only lives near clean water, whereas the smaller Heike firefly (Luciola lateralis) can live near any kind of water. The Kenji firefly can be seen from the middle of May to the end of June at the Shiraishi River in Shiraishi, or upstream from the Hagoromoishi Bridge, as well as in various places around Kawakami River and Togo River.

ホタルは古くから季節の風物として親しまれてきました。ゲンジボタルは、きれいな水辺に生息。これに対して小型のヘイケボタルは汚れた水辺でも生息できます。ゲンジボタルは、5月中旬から6月下旬まで白石川の白石集落や羽衣石川の羽衣石橋上流で毎年観察されています。このほか、川上川や東郷川などでも観察できます。

 

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