North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Fireflies: Harbingers of Summer

with Clyde Sorenson, Alumni Associate Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NC State University
The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


The first light of fireflies in the spring sparks joy for many with reminders of childhood, chasing these winged beetles of the glowworm family. But what do we really know about these bioluminescent creatures that are one of few that live on land? How do they make their light? Where, specifically, do they live? What do they eat? Dr. Clyde Sorenson will share about the natural history of these special insects, including past and current species distributions and opportunities to help track these critters.


Registration open through 6/13/2019 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

Clyde Sorenson is a self-described Army brat born in New Mexico and raised in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Texas, and North Carolina. He has had a life-long interest in natural history and been a student of wildlife since he was a young child. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1980, his M.S. in Entomology in 1984, and Ph.D. in Entomology in 1988, all from NC State University. After stints on the faculties of the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Missouri-Columbia, he returned to join the faculty of his alma mater in 1996, in the Department of Entomology. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also conducts research on crop pest ecology and management, and on the ecology of rare and endangered plants and insects of long leaf pine savanna ecosystems. He is an avid birder, photographer, hunter, angler, and nature writer, and, to date, has identified 527 moth species at his home porch lights!

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