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Tlaxcala, Mexico prepares for firefly mating season

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Each year, the municipalities of Nanacamilpa and EspaƱita, in the state of Tlaxcala, takes place an extraordinary luminous shows produced by thousands of fireflies resembling sparklers. This event happens at inside of the dense oyamel woods. The luminescent natural phenomena occurs during the mating period of the insect providing thus an extraordinary natural ceremony.

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The lower slopes of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes are home to a large population of fireflies that arrive each year to mate. As night falls, the female fireflies signal to the males, lighting up 200 hectares like a magical Christmas scene.

The fireflies arrival has become a tourist attraction in recent years with over 50,000 people visiting the forest reserves outside of Mexico City to witness the nighttime illumination of the forest as the insects attract their mates from June until August.

Forget your cell phone and any other distraction, you will lose all communication with the outside world and will be sitting there, in the middle of the forest, enjoying the afternoon and anxiously waiting for the night to fall and the forest to light up creating a marvelous postcard with a spectacle of naturally synchronized lights.

Aztecs referred to the fireflies as tiny lights of truth in a world of ignorance, according to the late entomologist Charles L Hogue. Perhaps the Aztecs were also predicting the lasting enigma of the popular insect.