The quintessential rite of summer is best enjoyed on a back porch, but why wait? These photographs catch fireflies in their most beautiful forms.

Fireflies in a corn field

Photo: J. Mrachina/Flickr

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Fireflies in a field

Photo: Johns Tsai/Flickr

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Fireflies against a starry sky

Photo: Cody Pope/Flickr

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Fireflies in the grass

Photo: Matthew Lim/Flickr


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fireflies in valley

Photo: © Trevor Williams 2013

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The whimsical art of fireflies
These luminous bugs mirror the stars as they light up the night.