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Mexico’s firefly forest

Mexico’s insect tourism is drawing in thousands of visitors to witness a rare light show put on by fireflies.

The dance of aerial bioluminescence lasts for about one hour every night between the months of June and August, as male fireflies desperately compete for the attention of the females.

A new form of ecotourism is helping rejuvenate one of Mexico‘s poorest regions.

For three months each year, tens of thousands of tourists travel to see a magical spectacle.

They are gathering at Mexico’s firefly forest, which is open only in that time.

Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Nanacamilpa, Mexico