18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Himebotaru in the canyon

"Himebotaru" is a small firefly that lives in the forest and is about 6mm long. They emit strong light for a short time like a flash. I have been researching and taking pictures of the fireflies' habitat for 8 years. The purpose is to publish these photos on the web and in photobooks so that many people can see this wonderful scenery and to protect fireflies.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Nichinan Town, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Masahiro Hiroike