The flickering of a swarm of fireflies is one of the most magical things I’ve seen in my life. It always impresses me no matter how many times I see it. I started appreciating it even more lately, as it’s not lo longer a common sight in Serbia.
The biggest swarm of fireflies I’ve ever seen contained around 150 or 200 beetles. So, when I saw this Sriram Murali’s video, it made my jaw drop. He captured billions of these impressive creatures flickering through the night and turned their light show into a beautiful short film.
Fireflies are probably the most common example of bioluminescence, at least it’s one we’re most familiar with. Thanks to a chemical reaction inside their bodies, these little creatures light up. It’s their mating signal, and it happens in males who want to attract the attention of females.
In cities, fireflies are sadly threatened by light pollution. Sriram filmed this impressive sight in the pristine forests of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, away from big city lights. Paired with his narration and the lovely music by Justin Ralls, he created a film that reminds us of the wonders of the world around us.