Fireflies are actually beetles. Those who see them are in luck, because the population in Austria has declined sharply due to the use of pesticides. The glowing animals are beneficial insects in the garden that like to eat snails and co.
Fireflies are a good sign of a natural habitat. In order to preserve their species, the environmental advisory service advises consistently avoiding pesticides. In addition, absolute darkness helps them at night. Artificial lighting in the garden drives away fireflies.
Further information and tips for firefly-friendly garden design from the environmental advisory service can be obtained free of charge here as a PDF folder be downloaded.
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