The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival celebrates the annual mating displays of over fifteen different species of firefly in the Allegheny National Forest area including the Synchronous firefly and the unique "Chinese Lantern" firefly along the Tionesta Creek.  The Annual PA Firefly Festival takes place on June 24, 2017 on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B & B in Kellettville, just 15 miles east of Tionesta on Route 666. The address is 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa 16353; call us at 814-230-2035.

Synchronous Fireflies

The Photinus carolinus, also known as the Synchronous Firefly, was discovered and confirmed to be in the Allegheny National Forest in the summer of 2012. A team of world-class Firefly scientists from Tennessee and Georgia came to Black Caddis Ranch for 10 days, and traveled throughout the ANF collecting specimens and studying the diversity of fireflies.

The P. carolinus is unique in that its flash patterns are in synchrony with each other, so they appear to be a string of Christmas lights hanging in the forest. Other witnesses have likened it to camera flash bulbs at a sporting event. The only other confirmed habitat in North America is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

PAFF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Financial information is available here.

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This year's design by the talented Megan Merz, features awesomeglow in the dark ink!  Available in two colors and in youth and adult sizes.

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Registration is Now Closed for guided firefly walks the night of the Firefly Festival; all of our walks are full at this time.

Come out and enjoy all the other fun and entertainment available the day of the festival.  From Noon to 5, visit Nature/Science exhibits with experts and naturalists to answer questions about fireflies and the forest.  We will provide firefly information and maps where you can find fireflies in the forest or your own backyard.  There will be activities for kids and arts crafts vendors until 6 pm.  Live Music and FoodTrucks until 10 pm.  At dusk, if you can be patient and willing to wait by the campfire, we will be happy to put you on a "stand-by" list in case of no-shows.
 

There is still time to register for our Seasonal Firefly Walks!


Can't make it to the Firefly Festival on June 24th or don't want to fight the crowds?  Our unique firefly population can be viewed for several weeks before and after the event, including the night before and the night after the festival.  You can schedule a firefly walk at Black Caddis Ranch any time during the firefly season.  Click Here to book your guided walk now.

International Firefly Expert Sara Lewis        to Speak in Tionesta

For more information about this event, call us at 814-230-2035

Join us on Wednesday, June 21  at 6:00 pm at the West Forest High School Gym for an evening with author and firefly expert Sara Lewis!  

Sara will give an informative and entertaining presentation about fireflies, answer your firefly questions and sign copies of her new book, Silent Sparks

This is a free event, but donations to PAFF are appreciated.  There will also be a 50/50 and basket raffle with all proceeds going to support the PA Firefly Festival.


New This Year: Local's Night

Don't like crowds?  Then come out on Wednesday, June 14th at 9 pm to Black Caddis Ranch for our first ever Local's Night! 

This is your chance to see some of our unique firefly populations without fighting the crowds at the Bring your camp chairs and dress for the weather; rain date is Friday, June 16th.

This is a free event; please RSVP to the event on Facebook

Photo above courtesy Radim Schreiber.  See more of his work HERE.

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