Las Nimitas/ Fireflies/ Luciérnagas or Lightening Bugs/ Bichos de Luz

Nimitas are a very common sight in the country around the open fields in the Dominican Republic. The males have a bright tail light that flashes hoping to get a return flash saying that the female is interested in getting to know him.

Interpretation of las Nimitas by Artist-Illustrator Ray Wu

Dominican superstition says that the Nimitas are the souls of the dead who are watching out for their loved ones still living. They shine their light reminding all who see that they are there always there….watching.

Fireflies are also called Cocuyo which is a Taino Indian word.

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