National Geographic : 1962 Jul
Smaller than Connecticut, Jamaica records more than fifty species of fire flies. A British colony since 1655, the Caribbean island becomes an inde pendent member of the British Com monwealth on August 6 of this year. Illuminated by the glow of a single firefly, a Jamaica road map shows the Blue Mountains' Hardwar Gap section, where the author studied the insects. Photograph below, taken in the same mountains, reveals the ruggedness of the area. Mist shrouds wrinkled peaks of the Blue Moun tains. Columbus described Jamaica's terrain by crumpling a piece of paper and tossing it on a table.