Seasonal light show of fireflies thrills visitors to Nagoya Castle:The Asahi Shimbun

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NAGOYA–As if in a dream world, a glowing, flickering nightly light show is enthralling visitors to Nagoya Castle, the city’s landmark, presented by a species of fireflies.Flashes of “hime-botaru,” or Hotaria parvula, which makes its home in the castle’s outer moat in Nagoya’s Naka Ward, can be glimpsed after dark. Their numbers soar in the hours after 11 p.m.The first sighting of the lightning bugs was reported in May 1975, which was unusual for a setting in the middle of a major city.The moat is sited in the vicinity of the Aichi prefectural government office building, the Nagoya municipal government office building and the Nagoya Expressway.Members of a local group that have protected the hime-botaru observe the species nightly and serve as guides for visitors eager to catch a glimpse.The number of the fireflies began increasing around May 21 in this season, and the phenomenon will continue through early June, according to the group

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