The Lightning Bugs are Back

endorphinjunkie(z7bAlabama)May 29, 2010

And they seem to be in greater numbers than the last few years.

They are a favoured harbinger of summer.

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anneliese_32(6)

None here yet and they were very scarce the last couple of years. Seems everybody around here has a lawn service and sprays and wonders how come we don't have any lightning bugs and butterflies, after all, they moved in the country to have all those things.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 10:36AM
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west_gardener

The first time I saw Lightning Bugs was in VA. It was an awesome sight. Little lights lighting up all over the lawn areas.
Lightning bugs seem to be a continental or regional phenom. I never saw them in Scandinavia nor here in CA.
Glad to see that they are alive and well in your neck of the woods.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 7:52PM
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coconut_nj

I had one in the house a week or so ago. I think it was the very hot weather we were having that drew them out.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 8:42PM
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don_socal

One of the things I miss from Iowa. We only get fake ones at the Blue Bayou restaurant in Disney land here in socal. I have not been to DL since I quit working there in '87.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 2:01PM
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mwoods

none so far this year but am waiting. The Pa lightening bug (Photuris pennsylvanica) is huge and such a treat to watch when there are hundreds of them in the woods. I was just reading about them and have living under a rock. I didn't know the females firefly doesn't fly. She lives on the ground.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 2:32PM
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instar8(Z 5 N.IN)

I got 'em here, a freaky 2 or 3 weeks early...

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 1:46PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Finally saw one lightning bug yesterday evening. Besides ticks, insects seem to be absent. The sage (herb) is blooming, normaly visited by bees and bumble bees, this year nothing. I have been outsides most of the day yesterday and today and walking miles earlier in the week. It's the same everywhere. A couple of Bluets, and while mowing the same, battered looking Fritillary are all the butterflies so far this year. Even flies and mosquitos are absent. It's completely weird.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 3:51PM
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