Have You Ever Seen This Strange Synchronous Firefly? – Smarter Every Day 274

Have You Ever Seen This Strange Synchronous Firefly? – Smarter Every Day 274

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40 Responses

  1. SmarterEveryDay says:

    The email list is here: https://www.smartereveryday.com/email-list
    This is an incredible sight to witness in person. If lightning bugs are in your area, most come out from May – July depending on your area.
    A HUGE Thank you to those of you who support on Patreon! You helped rent these cameras!

    • HawtZauce says:

      CHECK OUT ” LIGHT ON EARTH – DAVID ATTENBOROUGH”

    • KM6 Bravo says:

      awesome. Aurora borealis and fireflies are two items on my bucket list to still see…someday.

    • Amin says:

      where slow motion firefly ?

    • zer0Bot says:

      I’ve seen them in thousands maybe millions IDK at once covering all the bushes and trees. I say it because I think it’s also interesting how the amount can change your observations, you will figure out that the slower ones are also synchronous but in a different and amazing way.

    • Bruce Larrow says:

      We have them in vermont yet we see them all summer usually

  2. Be Smart says:

    No one ever talks about how many mosquitoes you have to put up with to get long-exposure firefly photos 😂 I lost like half a pint last time I went out to do this

    • Filcayra72 says:

      @Jake Witmer … idk. Looking like a retro coal miner with potentially imminent lung disease, or becoming a flammable sludge creature. Both are viable repellants, just gotta ignore the side effects.

    • Jake Witmer says:

      @Filcayra72 That is correct. …A thick coating of powdered graphite also works.

    • Filcayra72 says:

      @Jake Witmer and that keeps you frozen, wrinkly, but highly moisturized!

    • Jake Witmer says:

      Put vaseline on your skin, everywhere, two inches deep. That 100% stops them from biting.

    • Filcayra72 says:

      @The other John Smith as someone who was Born as a living mosquito magnet…. The garlic trick failed me. And I love garlic.

  3. Dslyecxi says:

    I can’t link it here, but if you’re interested, I have footage of this phenomenon filmed through nightvision that shows this in a very different light. There’s one ‘shorts’ one that’s the most recent vid on my channel, and then one a few days earlier that’s longer.

  4. vondeliusc says:

    The synchrony is like the mystery of music; how humans perceive notes and their arrangement, and extract a ‘beat’ and the musicians and listeners synch up. Growing up in the West, we had never seen fireflies, but we drove to Minnesota to visit a friend who said, “Oh yeah, come outside” and we were simply blown away. The kids caught some and gave them to us to observe up close; definitely ranks up with some of the coolest things I have done in life: fireflies. Comparing my real life experience to your attempt to capture the reality, which was not bad, but let me say, it just cannot compare to seeing it live.

    • FlipFlop says:

      Until about 20 years ago, I just got out of my front door and there were a lot of fireflies. But today, they were extinct.

  5. Sonia’s Way says:

    For two years we had a single tree in our backyard that would light up in waves. There had to be about 200 in the one tree, they would light up on the left side, and the light would spread through the whole thing. Just like Destin we tried to take pictures and videos but it’s just not the same. You have to go look for these things it’s incredible.

    • Tim Clark says:

      Weirldy, in the US there are no fireflies on the West coast, or basically West of the rockies. Nor are there cicadas. Summer nights out west are vastly different sound and sight wise than the eastern/South Eastern US.

  6. Collin Regner says:

    For two years we had a single tree in our backyard that would light up in waves. There had to be about 200 in the one tree, they would light up on the left side, and the light would spread through the whole thing. Just like Destin we tried to take pictures and videos but it’s just not the same. You have to go look for these things it’s incredible.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin says:

      they were doing the wave

    • Captain America says:

      We lived on an island on the East coast of the Philippines and one night riding back home on our motorcycle we stopped to see a small tree that was illuminated by hundreds of fireflies. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Cameras don’t do the sight justice. You need to see them with your own eyes 👀

    • Luke Arts says:

      That must be a magical spectacle to watch!!

  7. NightHawkInLight says:

    I’m not proud that this was my first thought… How do these look when they hit a windshield? The fireflies around here leave a bright splash that slowly fade after 5-10 seconds. Seems like in order to ramp up and burn out so quickly these guys must use a higher concentration of the light producing chemicals.

    I know I’ve seen fireflies behave this way more than once but didn’t realize there were more than the one species.

  8. UncleManuel says:

    “childlike joy and wonder” – Destin, this is why we love to watch this channel. You have a good hand at educating, entertaining and inspiring your audience… 😎👍

  9. Jez says:

    When they illuminate at the same time, that’s a great example of order coming out of disorder. That’s probably one of the biggest mystery in science (see the mathematician Steven Strogatz who did some research in that field I believe, about things in nature that tend to sync up).

    Same phenomenon happens with cardiac cells beating, or brain cells pulsing together, or even with an audience that always end up clapping at the same rythme given enough time. That’s seems to be because each individual is “aware” of their direct neighbour and try ro adjust their behaviour accordingly. I believe you can also use this logic (using specific algorithms) in a network when you need computers to sync up.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin says:

      Synchronicity is a wonderful thing.

    • Nicholas Schwankl says:

      It’s definitely possible with some fairly simple program logic. Super useful in mesh networks to help establish a universal sync. A really simple version is a timer that slowly increases the “urge” to blink, and seeing another blink makes the timer run faster. Over time the timers will synchronize fairly accurately.

    • Kiloku2 says:

      I used to sing in a choir, and our voice coach would tell us that after a minute of song, the entire choir’s heartbeats would be synchronized. I never saw any studies or something confirming that, and it did sound like some fanciful “feel good” factoid, but this video and your comment really make me wonder if maybe it wasn’t true.

    • EarMaster55 says:

      This seems not unlike to metronomes syncing with neighboring metronomes. It is a gradual process that culminates in synchronicity.

    • Someguy1357 says:

      It isn’t as mysterious as one might think; nor is it “random” order out of disorder.

      “The seven heavens and the earth and everyone in them glorify Him. There is not a single thing that does not celebrate His praise, though you do not understand their praise: He is most forbearing, most forgiving.” (Qur’an 17:44)

      Everything in creation remembers our lord in its own unique form of remembrance.

  10. []#*°• jelly_KR3W•°*#[]:7 •ASOUE• says:

    I was literally JUST noticing this while on a walk with my parents. Thanks for swooping in and explaining this thing I was wondering about! I’m truly getting smarter every day!

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