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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Researchers are trying to determine whether there is a new firefly species in Utah, and they want your help.

KSL-TV reports ( that anyone who spots a firefly can visit a website hosted by the Natural History Museum of Utah to report details about sighting times and flash patterns.

They can also drop a pin on a Google map to share the sighting's exact location.

The citizens' reports will help researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, who want learn about potential genetic differences in Utah firefly populations.

BYU biology professor Seth Bybee says the glowing beetles have been in the state for about 50 years, maybe longer.

He says fireflies tend to light up around 9:30 in the evening but vary by species.


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