Leading the way for Bradley County in 2013 was veteran catcher Sharon A. Black, of Old Fort, who handily captured the title with her bug bundle of 82g to earn a check for nearly $40.
In second place was the catching team of Kelsey Harrod and Dakota Watson of Cleveland, who snagged 36g of fireflies to earn over $17 in lightning bug booty.
In 2013, scientists paid 48 cents per gram or $13.75 per ounce, which is approximately $1.90 for 100 average sized fireflies.
Scientists and technicians use material in the insects as a valuable tool in important medical research and for public health safety testing of food.
While collections are held on a summer by summer basis, it is possible that scientists will need more supplies next summer. For more information or to be notified of a collection next year, please contact Firefly Project, 122 Emory Lane, Oak Ridge TN, call 562-536-3930, or email email@example.com.