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(The New York Times)   Tiny lights go out as firefly populations dwindle   (nytimes.com) divider line 116
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2014-08-17 06:35:57 PM
I bet they're cursing their sudden but inevitable betrayal.
 
2014-08-17 06:51:20 PM
The field in back of my house used to be magical with all the fireflies, but yeah in the last few years it's dwindled to just a few.
 
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2014-08-17 06:52:13 PM
I saw vast quantities in the prairie driving across the country last year. They're rare in my area, but a few still survive in the woods.
 
2014-08-17 06:54:28 PM
DAMN YOU, FOX!
 
2014-08-17 07:46:28 PM
And soon . . .

Tiny lights go out as human populations dwindle

/please give generously
 
2014-08-17 08:21:16 PM
We call them lightning bugs here son.
Liked collecting them as a kid and putting them in a glass jar with holes in the top to light up my room as I slept.
They would either escape or be dead in the morning.
Best to just let them be free.
 
2014-08-17 09:40:44 PM
We had a really good firefly year here in northernish Indiana. It was good to see all of them after several years of barely any.
 
2014-08-17 10:00:27 PM
We are having a pretty average year for them here in WI. It's a little dry I think. Funny that this came up because I was just outside trying to video them.
 
2014-08-17 10:07:14 PM
They must all be in my backyard, then.
 
2014-08-17 10:07:14 PM
They all came up here.  I see the things everywhere in the daytime.  Dumb little things, they fly into you then sit around trying to figure out what happened.
 
GTP
2014-08-17 10:07:24 PM
Just have Groot make some more.  Problem solved.
 
2014-08-17 10:08:50 PM

Barfmaker: The field in back of my house used to be magical with all the fireflies, but yeah in the last few years it's dwindled to just a few.


I was pleasantly surprised to notice more this year than in past, but yeah: used to be metric buttloads of 'em.
 
2014-08-17 10:10:19 PM
Are they sure that it's not that every little boy collected a jar of them with holes in the top, and it all just added up? Because as far as I can tell, every little boy did this, and has been doing it for a while, and that's a lot of mayonnaise jars full of fireflies when you think about it.
Same way they don't want people throwing pebbles into the Grand Canyon. Next thing you know, it's all filled up.
 
2014-08-17 10:10:41 PM
they stay lit for a bit if you just smear them with a finger
 
2014-08-17 10:10:50 PM
There used to be so many when I was a kid, but there have been much less in the last decade or so.
 
2014-08-17 10:10:51 PM
That is sad. So sad I'm not gonna share my story of how we used them as kids.

*sigh
 
2014-08-17 10:14:56 PM
Loved lightning bugs. Back in the day we hit them with whiffle ball bats.
 
2014-08-17 10:15:38 PM
I've seen a whole city of tiny lights. Maybe you should know that it's over there, in the tiny dirt somewhere.

Don't you wanna go?
 
2014-08-17 10:16:25 PM
I see an occasional few here and there in Brooklyn, but never any in Manhattan.  That said, when going to rural upstate, or WV or VA, i see less then I remember 15 years ago, but it could a biased memory.
 
2014-08-17 10:17:20 PM
Only seen them at Pirates of the Caribbean where they were really more suggestions than reals.
 
2014-08-17 10:18:13 PM
Well you can't take the sky from me.
 
2014-08-17 10:19:55 PM
Back just 15 years ago, you'd see millions of them in upstate NY.  Don't know about nowadays, but back then, they were everywhere.  I remember them hitting the windshield of the car and their guts would glow.
 
2014-08-17 10:20:21 PM
I can't remember the last time I've seen a firefly a.k.a. lightning bug.
 
2014-08-17 10:26:26 PM
I was just outside admiring them.  It does seem like the numbers are down.
 
2014-08-17 10:26:26 PM
HOA lawns. Think about it.
 
2014-08-17 10:26:57 PM

croesius: I've seen a whole city of tiny lights. Maybe you should know that it's over there, in the tiny dirt somewhere.

Don't you wanna go?


Tiny is as tiny do.


talk 'bout the tiny cookies
that the peoples eats
 
2014-08-17 10:28:52 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-17 10:30:40 PM
Really?  26 posts and none of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5L7WTyCqhs

I've got troubles of my own I said
And you can't help me out.
 
2014-08-17 10:31:51 PM
www.blogcdn.com
 
2014-08-17 10:32:21 PM
I saw them more as a kid, but I also lived in the sticks when I was a kid. Now it's borderline NYC suburban.
 
2014-08-17 10:32:56 PM

gfid: Really?  26 posts and none of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5L7WTyCqhs

I've got troubles of my own I said
And you can't help me out.


you need to improve your reading skills.
 
2014-08-17 10:33:26 PM
Growing up in western PA,  I remember seeing fireflys by the thousands on most summer evenings.  We used catch them and keep them in a jar as a night light.

Moved west when I grew up, can't say I've seen a single one in over 35 years.
 
2014-08-17 10:34:09 PM

Raider_dad: gfid: Really?  26 posts and none of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5L7WTyCqhs

I've got troubles of my own I said
And you can't help me out.

you need to improve your reading skills.


Maybe he's got the squints, from his downers and his wine
 
2014-08-17 10:35:51 PM
FTA: "Fireflies are indicators of the health of the environment and are declining across the world as a result of degradation and loss of suitable habitat, pollution of river systems, increased use of pesticides in agro-ecosystems and increased light pollution in areas of human habitation..."

He forgot to add global warming climate change. Everything is caused by global warming climate change.
 
2014-08-17 10:37:26 PM
I'm still reeling over Wash and now this!
 
2014-08-17 10:37:35 PM

Raider_dad: gfid: Really?  26 posts and none of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5L7WTyCqhs

I've got troubles of my own I said
And you can't help me out.

you need to improve your reading skills.


Now  I see it.  I do need to read the threads more carefully before I post.

I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it.

The tiny auto horns will keep me up enough as it is.

Because it's over there.
 
2014-08-17 10:40:32 PM
I haven't seen any this summer. It's sad. :(
 
2014-08-17 10:43:37 PM
Had plenty in NJ growing up.

None down here in coastal SC.
 
2014-08-17 10:50:17 PM
Even with the DVD sales. Depressing.
 
2014-08-17 10:51:05 PM

alternative girlfriend: I haven't seen any this summer. It's sad. :(


Try Patterson Park shortly after sunset. I wouldn't exactly say the air is thick with 'em, but enough to bring a smile to my face.
 
2014-08-17 10:51:33 PM
Growing up in the 90's, I never understood all the references to fireflies on TV and in cartoons.  In my entire 25 years of living, I have encountered fireflies a total of once.  And that's not to say I don't go outdoors - I live in Toronto, but I regularly camp all across southern Ontario, and I've also camped in every state from Michigan to California to Washington and between.
 
2014-08-17 10:54:34 PM

Morchella: We had a really good firefly year here in northernish Indiana. It was good to see all of them after several years of barely any.


Chicago also. My little cousin is scared shiatless of bugs but love fireflies
 
2014-08-17 10:55:06 PM
Truegreen chemlawn to blame?

But, yes, way, way fewer than in my childhood back in the 70's. Used to catch them by the handful. Have seen exactly 2 in the last month.
 
2014-08-17 10:55:33 PM
They are a leaf on the wind...
 
2014-08-17 11:00:01 PM

shanrick: And soon . . .

Tiny lights go out as human populations dwindle

/please give generously


Fark needs a "dumb" button. I want to dumb this so, so many times.
 
2014-08-17 11:06:53 PM
Like a candle in the wind....................................................
 
2014-08-17 11:07:59 PM

moeburn: Growing up in the 90's, I never understood all the references to fireflies on TV and in cartoons.  In my entire 25 years of living, I have encountered fireflies a total of once.  And that's not to say I don't go outdoors - I live in Toronto, but I regularly camp all across southern Ontario, and I've also camped in every state from Michigan to California to Washington and between.


Well, they like hot, humid climates...
 
2014-08-17 11:09:17 PM
Can't believe nobody posted Zappa's "City of Tiny Lights".....
 
2014-08-17 11:10:33 PM

northguineahills: I see an occasional few here and there in Brooklyn, but never any in Manhattan.  That said, when going to rural upstate, or WV or VA, i see less then I remember 15 years ago, but it could a biased memory.


We have lots in the Bronx, and the pine grove on my campus is full of them. I've seen them in Manhattan near the parks: at least a couple most evenings.

But no, not as many in my yard as there were ten years ago. 3:
 
2014-08-17 11:12:03 PM

hlehmann: Growing up in western PA,  I remember seeing fireflys by the thousands on most summer evenings.  We used catch them and keep them in a jar as a night light.

Moved west when I grew up, can't say I've seen a single one in over 35 years.


I've never seen more than I did in Lawrence, Kansas.
 
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