Have you ever wondered what a baby firefly looks like?

Have you ever caught fireflies on a warm summer night? Fireflies aren’t really flies at all… they’re beetles! Beetles undergo extreme body changes throughout their life cycles. Just like caterpillars look pretty different than butterflies, “baby” fireflies (a.k.a. larvae) look pretty different than the adults we see flying and flashing around in the summer. Explore this booth to learn about the firefly life cycle, view videos of baby fireflies, and print off a baby firefly coloring page.

Blandy Experimental Farm


Blandy Experimental Farm is a University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Blandy is also the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, showcasing Virginia native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.