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.

2017 Festival a Rousing Success!

Beautiful weather, fantastic guests from all over the country, and amazing firefly displays- the 2017 PA Firefly Festival was a wonderful success.  A big thank you to all our guests, volunteers, vendors, musicians and nature center exhibitors.

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SAYING GOODBYE:  We want to especially thank this year's PAFF Summer Intern, Peyton Breault, for all of her hard work and commitment to the fireflies of the Allegheny National Forest.  Peyton was able to help identify a lot of the flowers and plants associated with the Synchronous firefly displays and habitats.  We hope to use this information in the future to help us not only predict the display onset and peak, but to preserve and restore habitat.  We wish her well in her Senior Year at Florida Southern College and look forward to what she will become as a successful scientist.

We still have a limited supply of 2017 Firefly Festival T-Shirts- order yours now!

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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